On the ice NHL players create their own claim to fame. They are a big deal because it’s their world. A toothless smile and a bushy beard is the name of the game and you can find countless rinks full of women on the sidelines cheering them on. Off the ice players tend to live a more reserved lifestyle and remain quiet about their personal lives. However, much like most professional athletes, they have the ability for women to flock to them so they never really have to work for it. Then, as natural order would have it, fame tends to attract more fame to form one really famous power couple. Out the window goes the secrecy and in comes the red carpet. The WAGs (wives and girlfriends), generally get that exclusive label when they join forces with a high profile athlete. Just this past year, 2015 debuted two different shows solemnly dedicated to these women. ‘WAGS’ on E!, with a variety of different sports the women were married in to, but most importantly ‘Hockey Wives’ on W Network, giving you that inside look of the somewhat glamorous lifestyle.
Despite this, not every WAGs claim to fame is whom they married, but what they have done on their own. These ladies have made a name for themselves in their fields of work ranging from actresses, to models, to singers and more. In some cases they are even more famous than their hockey-playing husbands (gasp). With that, here are the Top 15 NHL WAGs (Past or Present) Who Were More Famous Then Their Partners.
15 Janet Jones (Wayne Gretzky)
14 Willa Ford (Mike Modano)
Willa Ford is a jack of all trades best known for singing, but also a songwriter, dancer, model, television personality and film actress. Her debut album was released in 2001, but she has also posed for Playboy, and been in movies such as ‘Friday the 13th’, and then in 2007 portrayed Anna Nicole Smith in The Anna Nicole Smith Story. She was a celebrity dancer on Dancing with the Stars, and hosted The Ultimate Fighter to name a few. In 2007 the blonde beauty married Mike Modano, the long time face of the Dallas Stars, in a private ceremony in Texas.
Unfortunately they divorced five years later, and she is now expecting her first child with former NFL linebacker Ryan Nece.
13 Keshia Chanté (Ray Emery)
Keshia Chanté is a Canadian singer, who is looking to become more versatile, shifting towards the entertainment industry as a whole. She signed her first record label at the age of 14. In the near decade following she received many awards including the Juno Award for “R&B/Soul Recording of the Year”, Gold record for her debut release, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. She has opened up shows for the likes of Destiny’s Child, Alicia Keys, and Kanye West, as well as collaborations with Drake and Ne-Yo.
12 Maripier Morin (Brandon Prust)
11 Elisha Cuthbert (Dion Phaneuf)
10 Kristi Yamaguchi (Bret Hedican)
Krisit Yamaguchi is arguably one of the most famous faces of women's figure skating ever. She is an Olympic Champion, Two-time World Champion, U.S. Champion and Dancing with the Stars Champion. Yamaguchi toured with Stars on ice for ten years, and during that time was inducted into the World Skating Hall of Fame and the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
9 Gena Lee Nolin (Cale Hulse)
8 Noureen DeWulf (Ryan Miller)
Noureen DeWulf is a cast member of W Network's Hockey Wives, but whose day job is on your film and TV screen. Her debut short film she acted in, West Bank Story, turned into a Academy Award winning film. Since then she had appeared in box office hits such as Ocean's Thirteen, The Back-Up Plan and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. She co-starred in Anger Management with Charlie Sheen and in 2009 was listed on the “Top 30 Under 30” for Nylon magazine.
7 Candace Cameron (Valeri Bure)
6 Hilary Rhoda (Sean Avery)
5 Hilary Duff (Mike Comrie)
Hilary Duff is a singer and actress, and one of the few teen Disney actors who never went off the deep end. She starred in the television series Lizzie McGuire for four years and has released multiple albums, which have landed on the Billboard 200. She has appeared in movies such as Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story and Agent Cody Banks. Duff is a New York Times bestselling author and involves herself in various philanthropic endeavors.
4 Erin Andrews (Jarret Stoll)
3 Barbie Blank (Sheldon Souray)
Barbie Blank is a bikini model turned television personality. However, she is BEST know for her work in the WWE as the Diva Kelly Kelly, in which she impersonated for six years. She was featured on WWE Monday Night Raw, as well as WWE Smackdown. She has been featured on the Maxim Hot 100 list and has been featured on the cover in 2011, and later on the cover of the calendar in 2013.
2 Julianne Hough (Brooks Laich)
Julianne Hough is an actress, singer, and dancer. She was a longtime member of the cast of Dancing with the Stars and two-time mirror ball champion. She has been nominated for Emmy’s in Outstanding Choreography and landed the leading role of the Footloose remake in 2011. Hough recently portrayed Sandy on the TV production of Greece, and subsequently has brought home awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
1 Carrie Underwood (Mike Fisher)
Queen of all WAGs, and half of the one of the most genetically gifted couples, Carrie Underwood had built a country music career on countless number one hits since winning American Idol in 2005. She has sold over 58 million records around the world, including 21 #1 hits, and has taken home over 100 major awards for her work. She was the first female entertainer to be named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year for two years in a row, and has been declared a certified Platinum artist. Underwood is married to outdoorsman Mike Fisher, of the Nashville Predators. They started dating in 2009, and were married in 2010 with their first son following in 2015.
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