Professional hockey players are attractive to women for various reasons. They’re rough around the edges, in incredible shape, driven, and financially thriving. Who wouldn’t want to date or marry a professional athlete? Wouldn’t that be the ultimate dream? Here’s a reality check. It’s not all sunshine and roses dating an NHL player. Dating a professional athlete comes with sacrifices including long road trips, risks of being uprooted, and not spending as much time with the man of your dreams, which can all cause disruptions in the relationship. Distance can take its toll on any relationship; however, when you’re an idolized NHL player, there is endless temptation on the road, especially when you’re away from your wife. These temptations include beautiful, and for lack of a better word, desperate women who crave attention from a man of professional athlete status. Throw alcohol, drugs, and lavish parties into the mix and mistakes are going to be made. Needless to say, there are many cases where NHLers have cheated and gotten caught.
Unfortunately, cheating is almost too easy for professional athletes. In their mind, their wife will never find out because they’re in a different city. Think again. The truth has a way of coming out. They may be under the influence of alcohol, or be lonely from being on the road for weeks at a time, however there is no excuse for cheating at any point in a relationship. Whether the woman they cheated with decides to go public for some cash, or pictures surface from paparazzi, the truth rises. Let’s take a look at the top 20 unfaithful NHLers who hopefully learned their lesson the hard way.
10. Brandon Prust
Brandon Prust, a forward for the Montreal Canadiens, is dating the stunning and bubbly Maripier Morin, who is now on the television show Hockey Wives. Prust was allegedly caught cheating in March 2011 with Michelle Trachtenberg, according to Bleacher Report. For those of you who are drawing a blank to this name, remember Harriet the Spy? I wonder if she wrote about her rendezvous with Prust in a secret notebook. Maripier announced on Hockey Wives that she and Brandon broke up last summer, and attributed the break to Prust taking her for granted. The two are now back together, and Maripier said if Prust were ever to cheat on her she would cut off a certain organ and force him to eat it. Well played.
9. Patrick Sharp
Patrick Sharp and his wife, Abby Sharp, have two beautiful children together. Sharp’s name has been thrown around with so many cheating allegations and rumours that it’s almost too common to be coincidental. The latest allegation is certainly a tricky one. There’s been rumours circulating that Sharp slept with another woman, who just happens to be his team mate’s wife. So whose wife is involved in the allegations? That would be Duncan Keith’s wife, Kelly- Rae Keith, according to Rant Sports. If this turns out to be true, this could be disastrous for the team.
8. Tie Domi
Retired scrapper Tie Domi cheated on his wife, Leanne Domi, with Belinda Stronach in 2006 sparking a divorce between the couple. Leanne went public announcing that the divorce was solely due to Tie’s infidelity. The situation got increasingly messy after Domi apparently tried to bribe Leanne with money to stay quiet. Domi offered Leanne $2.5 million in a home and cash offer to deter her from hiring a lawyer, according to Canoe.com. She pursued legal help and filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery and cruelty. It sounds like Domi was as fired up at home as he was on the ice.
7. Sheldon Souray
Sheldon Souray married Angelica Bridges in 2002, before the couple divorced in 2007. Angelica was an actress and Playboy model who is best known for her role on Baywatch. Angelica sued her hockey hubby for millions, affirming that he was physically abusive and had numerous affairs with various women while married to her. Post wedding bells, Bridges also claims that Souray laid down the law and expected the actress to drop her career in order to be a dedicated wife and mother. Bridges obliged and in return Souray promised to financially support her for the remainder of her life. With two daughters, Bridges expected $14 million and child support to be paid on a monthly basis by Souray, according to Courthouse News. Souray has since got engaged again, this time with former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly.
6. Ryan Kesler
Ryan Kesler, now with the Anaheim Ducks, has three children with his wife, Andrea Kesler. Kesler does not have a good reputation to begin with, so throw cheating allegations into the mix and he isn’t the most popular man around. While playing for the Vancouver Canucks, rumours circulated that Kesler would be seen leaving the bar with women, who were not his wife. He was reported to be texting and calling other women, sleeping around, and being disloyal to his wife every chance he had. One famous woman he was apparently involved with last year includes the one and only, Pamela Anderson, according to Terez Owens.
5. Mike Comrie
Mike Comrie married Hilary Duff in 2010 and has one child with her. Yes, Comrie was married to Lizzie McGuire from the Disney Channel. Sadly, the pair has been separated for some time, however Duff expressed hoping to work things out down the road. However, Comrie blew his chance when he got drunk and began hitting on a waitress and asking her how much she charges for sex at a Beverley Hills bistro in 2015, according to the Daily Mail. He even pulled out hundred dollar bills to show the waitress he was willing to pay big bucks to get her into bed. A day later, after Comrie’s incident, Duff filed for divorce.
4. Jeff Carter
Jeff Carter, who now plays with the L.A. Kings. is married to Megan Keffer, however he was accused of fooling around with Scott Hartnell’s wife, Lisa Renneke, while they were still married, according to CBC. It is publicly known that Hartnell did not end on good terms with his now ex-wife, but is a cheating scandal to blame? He and his teammates have taunted her on Twitter, by telling her to get a job and start paying for her own things. Whether the rumours are true or not, the story about her and Carter was never publicly addressed.
3. Brendan Shanahan
Brendan Shanahan recently became the President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but during his playing career, Shanahan got himself in a bit of trouble while playing for the St. Louis Blues. Back in the 1994-95 season Shanahan got involved with his teammate’s wife, according to TotalProSports.com . His teammate, Craig Janney, was married to Catherine, who is now married to Brendan. Oh what a tangled web they weaved. Getting involved with a married woman is never a good idea, especially not when it’s your teammate’s wife. Brendan and Catherine Shanahan now have three children and are still together today.
2. Dustin Penner
Allegations of Dustin Penner cheating on his wife surfaced in 2011. The free agent winger was formerly married to Jessica Welch, but the couple divorced in 2013. Emails surfaced between Dustin and his supposed mistress which triggered rumours and speculation to believe he was having an affair. If the emails were in fact real, Dustin promised his mistress he was getting a divorce so that he could be with her. The reason for his divorce to his ex-wife Jessica was stated as being irreconcilable differences.
1. Martin Brodeur
Marty Brodeur, one of the best goalies of all time, was married to Melanie Dubois from 1995-2005. Marty then decided to have an affair with his then sister in law, Genevieve Nault, who he is now married too. Let that sink in. Yes, Brodeur cheated on his wife with his sister in law! Nault was married to Melanie Dubois’s brother. At the time of the affair, Brodeur’s sister in law was living with him and Dubois to help take care of their children. Sounds like she was more focused on taking care of Marty. Talk about keeping it in the family. In 2009, a New Jersey court ruled that Brodeur would have to pay $500,000 per year in alimony until 2020, according to NJ.com.
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