17 Celebrities Who You Probably Didn’t Know Dated, Married, Or Divorced NHL Players


The NHL playoffs are underway! I also decided to write about the past and present relationships between celebrities and hockey players rather than just my team since, surprise!, there are more of them than you might imagine.

I am, of course, here to give you the whole tea, including the current activities of each couple. There are some really good ones, I promise.

1. Elisha Cuthbert and Dion Phaneuf

Cuthbert, an actress from Calgary best known for The Girl Next Door and Popular Mechanics for Kids, first got to know the Toronto Leafs captain in 2008. They were married in Prince Edward Island in 2013 after being engaged in 2012. They had two children together and are still married now.

2. Tessa Virtue and Morgan Rielly

Virtue and Rielly have maintained a relatively low profile in their relationship, but due to the spread of rumors on social media, many believe they began dating early 2019. In 2020, while Virtue and Max Kerman, the lead singer of the Arkells, were doing an Instagram Live, Rielly appeared in the background on Virtue’s screen, confirming their relationship (and he ended up joining her in the interview). These two Canadian icons tied the knot in February 2024.

All Canadians, but especially Leafs supporters, adore Virtue and Rielly as a couple. Their gentle launches are so endearing that I hope we see more of them in the future!

3. Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich

The legendary dancer from Dancing With The Stars first connected with Laich in 2013. Laich was a player for the Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, and Washington Capitals. Three years after their 2017 wedding, they got divorced. However, Laich was a groomsman at Derek Hough’s wedding in 2023, so they did end up meeting.

Regarding their current relationships, Hough is said to be single, but she has been sighted with Ben Barnes and Charlie Wilson in 2021. Laich is dating athlete Katrín Davíðsdóttir.

4. Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie

The former Edmonton Oilers player and actress Hilary Duff first crossed paths in 2007, and in 2010 they tied the knot. They called it off six years later, yet it appears like they are still amicable. In March 2024, their son will turn twelve as well.

Since they worked together on Duff’s songs in the middle of the 2010s, she has been friends with Matthew Koma, with whom she is now married. Together, they are parents to three kids and are expecting a fourth. Regarding Comrie, he’s remained quiet, thus the public doesn’t really know what his relationship situation is.

5. Noureen DeWulf and Ryan Miller

Actress Noureen DeWulf, who specializes in anger management, is currently wed to American Olympian and Buffalo Sabres legend Ryan Miller. They were meant to be together; they have been married for more than 13 years and have two children. One cute little Easter egg is that DeWulf told PEOPLE in 2020 that she believes her son will play hockey in the future.

6. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher, a player for the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators, and country music artist Carrie Underwood are arguably one of the most renowned NHL couples. Two years after their endearing meeting backstage at one of Underwood’s performances in 2008, they tied the knot. They appear to still be deeply in love despite having two children together!

7. Candace Cameron Bure and Valeri Bure

In 1994, Candace Cameron Bure’s now-husband was introduced to her by her co-star Dave Coulier on Full House. Bure began his NHL career with the Montréal Canadiens in that same year. Less than a year later, they got engaged, so it must have been love at first sight.

As if it couldn’t get any more adorable, it turns out that when Valeri, a Russian-American, moved to the United States at the age of 17, Full House really assisted him in learning the language! Together, the couple has three kids as of right now.

8. Janet Jones and Wayne Gretzky

Only a fourth of the way into his career, Hall of Fame hockey player Wayne Gretzky met his future wife. Jones competed in the TV show Dancing Fever, where he served as a judge. Based on their 1988 wedding and five children together, they have been together for 36 years, if my calculation is correct! PGA golfer Dustin Johnson is also married to their daughter, Paulina Gretzky.

Jones kept acting after she met Gretzky; two of her most notable roles were in A League of Their Own and American Siege, which came out in 2021. Regarding Gretzky, he continues to hold numerous records and is still regarded as hockey’s greatest player.

9. Maripier Morin and Brandon Prust

Maripier Morin, a TV host, actress, and native of Quebec, got to know Brandon Prust during his three seasons as a Montréal Canadiens player, from 2012 to 2015. Just before he was moved to the Vancouver Canucks in 2015, they got engaged. They married in 2017 and divorced in 2019. Morin was a star of the reality series Hockey Wives while they were together.

While Prust’s current romantic partner is unknown, we do know that actress Morin is expecting her second child with actor Jean-Philippe Perras.

10. Rachel Hunter and Jarret Stoll

Hunter, a model from New Zealand, separated from her long-term spouse Rod Stewart in 2006 and began dating Stanley Cup winner Jarret Stoll. When she and Stoll became engaged in 2008, things started to go wrong. Less than two months before their August 2009 wedding date, Stoll called off the nuptials—allegedly by email.

In terms of their current status, Stoll is wed to Erin Andrews (which we’ll discuss in a moment) and it appears that Hunter is unmarried.

11. Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll

In related news, Stoll is wed to Erin Andrews, a former co-host of Dancing With the Stars and ESPN pundit (yep, another DWTS graduate on this list!). They got married in 2017 after meeting in person during the World Series in 2012. In 2023, they also welcomed a child via surrogacy.

12. Gena Lee Nolin and Cale Hulse

Actress Gena Lee Nolin of The Price Is Right and Baywatch wed NFL defenseman Cale Hulse in 2004 while Hulse’s hockey career took a year off. Nolin was married three times in total; her first marriage ended in 1991, while her second marriage lasted from 1993 to 2004. Since then, the happy couple has remained together and raised a single child.

13. Hilary Rhoda and Sean Avery

Model Hilary Rhonda and Sean Avery, who played mainly for the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, first connected in a pub in 2009. After battling to conceive, they were married in 2015 and welcomed their son Nash into the world in 2020. Unfortunately, Rhoda filed for a restraining order against Avery, and they were divorced in 2022.

Looks like the two of them are single right now, however we can’t say for sure.

14. Lindsay Vonn and P.K. Subban

Alpine ski racer Lindsay Vonn began dating P.K. Subban, a former NHL player, in 2018 while he was a member of the Nashville Predators. It’s also possible that she dated Tiger Woods in the beginning of the 2010s. After having to postpone their wedding due to COVID-19, Vonn proposed to Subban in 2019—a feminist move, if I’ve ever seen one—and the two split up in 2020.

Vonn has been dating Diego Osorio, a tequila firm owner, since 2021. Although P.K. Subban was seen with someone at a Knicks game in 2021, he doesn’t appear to be in a committed relationship at the moment.

15. Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican

Hedican, a two-time American Olympian and Stanley Cup winner, first got to know Yamaguchi when she was a figure skater in 1992. She became the third DWTS alum on our list after competing in the show, and she also writes children’s books. After getting hitched in 2000, the couple is now parents to two children.

16. Emily Karlsson (Ferguson) and William Karlsson

Man in hockey jersey holding a baby, standing next to a woman, at a sports event

Emily Karlsson (previously Ferguson), who became well-known from her appearances on The Bachelor and later Bachelor in Paradise, met her current husband through direct message on Instagram — a true tale of modern love. The Vegas Golden Knights’ assistant captain right now is the Swedish hockey player.

17. Haley Ferguson and Oula Palve

Alright, so this one isn’t a real NHL player, but it’s still important to bring up. Haley, the twin sister of Emily Karlsson who appeared on both The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise, is wed to Finnish hockey star Oula Palve.

Palve revealed in an Instagram caption that Emily was the one who persuaded her sister to DM him. It appears that they were married in Las Vegas in 2022, right next to the Karlssons. In April 2023, they also recently welcomed their first kid into the world.

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Aria Skylark


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