Puck bunny watchers are about to skate into overtime. Or at the very least convince their significant others to get into the game one night per week. W Network confirmed on Monday afternoon that its latest reality offering, Hockey Wives, is lighting up the screens come March with a whole slew of new wives who have been added into the mix.
Joining previously announced wives Nicole Brown (married to Kings’ captain Dustin Brown) and actress Noureen DeWulf (who calls Canucks goalie Ryan Miller her hubby) are eight other girlfriends or wives of current and retired players from across the NHL. And no, Elisha Cuthbert isn’t one of them.
The series is the brainchild of former CBC exec Julie Bristow’s Bristow Global Media Inc., which also helmed last January’s mini docu-reality offering, NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other—a companion series to help build anticipation and showcase the flurry of outdoor games across the league. It was during production on that series that the company started thinking about showcasing the leading ladies of the game.
When Hockey Wives was originally announced last September, the goal was to showcase the wives and girlfriends of up-and-coming players. Since then, either through lack of participation or an attempt at age diversification, the roster has expanded to include the wives of recently retired players Ray Whitney (Brijet Whitney) and George Parros (Tiffany Parros). For good measure, they’ve also added Wendy Tippett, wife of Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett.
“There’s so many benefits to being married to a hockey player,” a pregnant DeWulf says in the promo video, below. “They have good stamina…”
Hockey Wives could best be described as the love child of any Real Housewives franchise and every Canadian beer commercial ever invented. W Network seems invested in the series, giving it the same Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET time slot that recently launched incoming series Say Yes to the Dress Canada. The difference here is that men will probably tune into this series, too.
Over the course of eight episodes viewers will go behind-the-scenes to photo shoots, rides in fancy cars and into the stands where these wives prove they’re the “real captains,” ones who eat, sleep and breathe hockey. At the same time, viewers will experience the emotional challenges that also come with being married to a professional player: the constant fear of injury, the many miles between games and the inability to plan any real family time.
The series kicks off on Wednesday, March 18 at 10 p.m. ET on W Network. The starting roster:
· Montreal “it girl” Maripier Morin, girlfriend of Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust
· Fashion designer Tiffany Parros, married to recently retired George Parros
· Model and new mom Martine Forget, engaged to Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier
· Hockey wives’ connector Brijet Whitney, married to recently retired Ray Whitney
· Social activist Kodette LaBarbera, wife of Anaheim Ducks goalie Jason LaBarbera
· Former Intelligence Specialist for the U.S. Military Emilie Blum, wife of Minnesota/Iowa Wild defensemanJonathon Blum
· Athlete and Communications expert Jenny Scrivens, wife of Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens
· Arizona real estate maven Wendy Tippett, wife of Arizona Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett
RED BANK - A former New Jersey Devil and current high school ice hockey coach is accused of assaulting a high school player.
Jim Dowd is the coach of the Manasquan/Point Pleasant Beach varsity hockey team. News 12 New Jersey has been told he won't be coaching tonight's game against Rumson/Fair Haven, after a parent claimed he kicked a 16-year-old player in the back. That parent filed simple assault charges against Dowd.
According to reports, the alleged incident happened at last Wednesday's game at the Jersey Shore Arena, against Red Bank Regional. Wall Township police confirmed they are investigating a complaint made following the game.