Let’s be honest, in the hierarchy of the Big Four professional sports in North America, Canada takes a back seat to its NBA, MLB and NFL brethren. Heck, even Canada has a hard time keeping its NHL teams from moving away even though hockey is literally the country’s national sport alongside ice fishing or whatever. But this doesn’t mean the WAGS of professional hockey players are any less hot. The 10 women on this list can definitely give the spouses and gfs of athletes in other sports a run for their money.
10. Anna Kasterova
Kasterova is what Russian hockey star Evgeni Malkin, an alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins, gets to wake up to every morning (at least during the off-season). A journalist and TV presenter, Anna reportedly misses Mother Russia, although her husband has several good years left in him, so returning home will have to wait.
9. Ellie Ottaway Josi
Ottaway Josi has been married to the Swiss-born Romi Josi, the captain of the Nashville Predators and the NHL’s best defenseman, since 2019. She is a model represented by Wilhelmina Models Miami and has modeled for Saks Fifth Avenue and TJ Maxx, and has been featured in Sports Illustrated’s Lovely Day of the Day swimsuit photo. She also has more than 100,000 followers on her Instagram account. She and Roman are expecting their first child sometime in 2021.
8. Erin Andrews
Andrews is a rare WAG who knows as much about sports as her retired hockey star husband Jarret Stoll does, if not more. She rose to fame in 2004 when she landed a job as a reporter for ESPN National Hockey Night. She is currently a sideline reporter for the NFL on Fox and has hosted the CMT Music Awards on two occasions.
7. Noureen DeWulf
DeWulf, the daughter of Indian immigrants raised in the small town of Stone Mountain, Georgia, is the wife of Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller, DeWulf appeared in the Oscar-winning short film West Bank Story as well as Ocean’s Thirteen and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. She can also be seen in the 2015-16 Canadian series Hockey Wives.
6. Nicole Arruda
Sure, husband Drew Doughty, has a couple of Stanley Cups and Olympic gold medals to his name (as a member of the Canadian national hockey team), but that’s not why Nicole Arruda married him. In fact, they’ve known each other since meeting in 9th grade, long before the fame and glory.
5. Elisha Cuthbert
Cuthbert dated several hockey players back in the day before tying the knot with Dion Phaneuf, who played for the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Los Angeles Kings. The actress from Calgary got her start as a child, appearing on the Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark? In 2001 she played Kim, the daughter of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) on the hit FOX action/drama 24. During the first season of the Netflix series The Ranch, she had a recurring role before joining the cast full time for its remaining four seasons. Together she and Phaneuf have a daughter named Zaphire.
4. Carrie Underwood
Although husband Mike Fisher played in the NHL for 20 seasons before retiring in 2018, Underwood is one of the few WAGS who is unquestionably more famous than he is. Winner of three Grammy Awards, Underwood’s 2005 album Some Hearts holds the record for best-selling debut album by a solo female country music artist. A year after their 2010 marriage, Fisher arranged to be traded to the Nashville Predators so that he could live closer to his wife.
3. Lauren Kyle
Kyle is the long-time girlfriend of Edmonton Oilers star Conner McDavid, regarded as one of the best hockey players in the world. They’ve been together since high school, but McDavid’s fame apparently hasn’t negatively impacted their relationship. Perhaps they’re best known for their couples Halloween costume ideas, having dressed up as Homer and Marge Simpson, Beauty and the Beast, and even Melania and Donald Trump.
2. Melanie Collins
Much like Jarret Stoll and Erin Andrews, Collins is part of a sports reporter/hockey player duo. The NFL on CBS sideline reporter is currently dating James Deal, a winger for the Edmonton Oilers who’s been in the NHL since 2008. A graduate of Penn State University, Collins also hosts Driver vs. Driver on the Golf Channel and serves as a fill-in host on ESPN’s SportsNation.
1. Anastasia Shubskaya
When you are one of the greatest hockey players of all time like the Washington Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin is, the only difficult choice you have to make is deciding which hot Russian girl to marry. He chose a good one in Shubskaya. The model and film producer lives a life of luxury thanks to Ovechkin’s $14/million a year salary, although she confesses that while she owns a lot of jewelry, she rarely wears it in public because “it just doesn’t work that way in America.” Together they have two sons: future NHL legends Sergei and Ilya.