20 Hockey Players and Their Adorable Families

20 Hockey Players and Their Adorable Families

Hockey players are usually known for being intense and aggressive. They love taking off their gloves and fighting, they often have broken teeth, and have no problem blocking a rubber puck with their body – even though hockey players consistently shoot the puck at 100 miles per hour. 

They’re tough, tenacious, and relentless when on the ice, but that intensity often leaves once they step off the ice. At that point, they transition from professional hockey players to normal, average human beings – whether it be a husband, boyfriend, father, son, brother, friend, etc. 

It’s something fans get to see a lot more of in the days of social media – their personal lives, that is. Before the internet brought us all closer together, most hockey players lived private lives and kept their personal lives away from the spotlight. In today’s day and age, things are different.

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Hockey Players That Have Adorable Families

20 Hockey Players and Their Adorable Families
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Nowadays, fans get to share a wide range of personal moments with their favorite hockey players. We know when they start dating someone, we know when they get married (and sometimes we get to watch it), and we know when they have children – not much is private.

What’s even more exciting is the fact that we get to watch their children grow up. Whether it’s on social media, during interviews, or just out and about in the community, we get to witness their newborns develop into children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and eventually elders. 

Hell, some of those children might one day grow up to follow in their father’s footsteps in the NHL – or maybe another sport that they’re interested in. Some might even have a better career than their father. Either way, let’s take a look at some of the most adorable families in the NHL. 

20. Zach Hyman

Zach Hyman is a 29-year old center for the Edmonton Oilers. He was a fifth round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2010, played his first six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and is now in his first year with the Oilers. He has 110 goals, 125 assists, and 235 points in 414 games.

Hyman has been married to his wife, Alannah Mozes, since June 30, 2019 and the two welcomed their first son, Theo, in December of 2020. Hyman is currently having the best season of his career with 24 goals, 26 assists, and 50 points – all of which are career-highs.

19. Mike Matheson

Mike Matheson is a 28-year old defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was the 23rd overall draft pick by the Florida Panthers in 2012, played his first five seasons in the league with the team, and has spent the past two with the Penguins. He’s having the best year of his career. 

Matheson married his wife Emily Pfalzer on July 20, 2019. Pfalzer is a professional hockey player herself and the two met while playing hockey at Boston College. The two welcomed their first son, Hudson Grey Matheson, on June 5, 2021. We’ll see if they welcome another one soon.

18. Bo Horvat

Bo Horvat is a 27-year old center for the Vancouver Canucks. He was the ninth overall draft pick by the team in 2013 and is currently in his eighth season in the NHL. He’s in the midst of his greatest season as a pro, tallying 31 goals and 21 assists (52 points) in 70 games played. 

Horvat married his wife Holly Donaldson in July of 2019. Donaldson is a professional equestrian and curler – the two met in London, Ontario when Horvat was playing in the OHL. The two welcomed their first son into this world on June 28, 2020. They named him Gunnar Horvat. 

17. Lars Eller

Lars Eller is a 32-year old center for the Washington Capitals. He was the 13th overall draft pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2007 and spent one season with the team before playing the next six seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. He’s currently in his sixth season with the Capitals. 

Eller is having his most productive season since 2019, tallying 12 goals and 16 assists (28 points) in 64 games played. He is married to his wife, Julie Eller, and the two have two children together – a nine-year old daughter named Sofia and a two-year old son named Alexander. 

16. Jason Zucker

Jason Zucker is a 30-year old left winger for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the second round of the 2010 draft and spent the next eight and a half seasons with the team. He’s currently in his second full season with the Penguins. 

Zucker has only played in 74 games the past two years, tallying 16 goals and 17 assists (33 points) over that span. He has been married to Carly Aplin, a Minneapolis television personality and journalist, since 2016 and the two have a son named Hendrix and a daughter named Stella.

15. Jordie Benn

Jordie Benn is a 34-year old defenseman for the Minnesota Wild. He wasn’t drafted, but rather earned a spot on an NHL roster the unconventional way – through the affiliates. Over the past 11 seasons, Benn has spent time with the Wild, Jets, Canucks, Canadiens, and the Stars. 

Benn is the older brother of Jamie Benn, a winger and captain of the Dallas Stars. Jordie Benn is currently engaged to Jessica Kahout and the two welcomed their second child recently on February 5, 2022 – during the All-Star break. They now have both a son and a daughter. 

14. Blake Coleman

Blake Coleman is a 30-year old center for the Calgary Flames. He was a third-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2011 and spent the next three and a half seasons with the team. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020 and is now in his first season with the Flames.

Coleman has similar stats this season (14 goals, 16 assists) as last season (14 goals, 17 assists), but he has played in 18 less games (though there’s still more to go). He is currently married to Jordan Daigle (since 2019) and the two welcomed their first daughter in 2020. 

13. Pontus Åberg

Pontus Åberg is a 28-year old center that currently plays in the Swedish Hockey League. He was a second round draft pick by the Nashville Predators in 2012, but struggled to sustain a roster spot on one team. He last played in the NHL in 2020 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Åberg had his best season in 2018-19 with the Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild – he had 12 goals and 13 assists in 59 games. In the SHL, he has five goals and six assists in 24 games. He is currently dating a woman named Ellinore and the two share a daughter together (born in 2016). 

12. Matt Calvert

Matt Calvert is a retired 32-year old left winger that spent 11 seasons in the NHL – eight with the Columbus Blue Jackets and three with the Colorado Avalanche. He last played during the 2020-21 season and tallied 95 goals, 108 assists, and 203 points in his 566-game career. 

Calvert finished with 10+ goals on six different occasions and 10+ assists on six different occasions. He had nine career game-winning goals, including three in 2014-15 season. He’s married to his wife, Courtney, and the two share two sons together – Kasey and Blue. 

11. Kevin Connauton

Kevin Connauton is a 32-year old defenseman that currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was a third round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2009 and has had stints with the Flyers, Avalanche, Panthers, Coyotes, Blue Jackets, and Stars. He’s a key blocker on defense.

Connauton has more blocks (342) in his career than he does points (80). A majority of his value to the team won’t show up on the stat sheet, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t valuable. He is married to his wife Brooke Horan and the two welcomed their first child back in June 2020.

10. John Tavares

John Tavares is a 31-year old center that currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was the first overall draft pick by the New York Islanders in 2009 and spent the next nine seasons with the team. He joined the Maple Leafs in 2018 and is now in his fourth season with them. 

Tavares has accumulated 390 goals, 501 assists, and 891 points during his 943-game, 13-year career. Through 73 games this season, he has 26 goals and 46 assists (72 points). He is married to his wife, Aryne Fuller, and the two have two sons together – Jace and Axton. 

9. Claude Giroux

Claude Giroux is a 34-year old forward that currently plays for the Florida Panthers. He was the 22nd overall pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006 and he spent the next 14.5 seasons with the team. He was recently traded to the Panthers ahead of the 2022 NHL trade deadline. 

Giroux played in 1,000 games for the Flyers, tallying 291 goals and 609 assists during that span. In the 11 games he has played with the Panthers, he has two goals and 10 assists. Giroux has been married to Ryanne Breton since 2018 and they have two sons – Gavin and Palmer.

8. Nic Dowd

Nic Dowd is a 31-year old center for the Washington Capitals. He was a seventh round draft pick back in 2009 by the Los Angeles Kings. He spent the next three seasons with the Kings and Vancouver Canucks before settling in Washington – where he is in his fourth season.

Dowd is currently having the best season of his career with nine goals and 12 assists, despite only playing in 56 games up to this point. His career-highs are 11 goals (2020) and 16 assists (2016). He is married to his wife Paige Dowd and welcomed their first son Louie in 2019. 

7. Gabe Landeskog

Gabe Landeskog is a 29-year old left winger that currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche. He was the second overall draft pick in 2011 and has spent his entire career in Colorado. Over the past 11 years, Landeskog has scored 248 goals, 323 assists, and 571 points in 738 games.

Landeskog recorded his second 30-goal season this year, even though his season got cut short at 51 games due to recent knee surgery. His last 30-goal season came in 2016-17 (34 goals). He is married to Melissa Shouldice (since 2018) and the two share two children together.

6. Erik Karlsson

Erik Karlsson is a 31-year old defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks. He was the 15th overall draft pick by the Ottawa Senators in 2008 and spent the next nine years with the team. He is in his fourth season with the Canucks – he has 10 goals this year, his most since 2016. 

Karlsson is a two-time James Norris Memorial Trophy winner and a four-time All-Star. He has 153 goals and 527 assists (660 points) through 838 career games. Karlsson divorced his first wife in 2013 and is now married to Melinda Karlsson – they share a daughter together, but also gave birth to a stillborn baby boy in 2018. 

5. Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin is a 36-year old left winger for the Washington Capitals and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time. He was the first overall draft pick by the team in 2004 and has spent his entire 17-year career in Washington. He has 776 goals and 629 assists.

Ovechkin has won 17 total awards in his career, not including his Stanley Cup and 12 All-Star appearances. He led the league in goals nine times and is a three-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner. He is married to Nastya Shubskaya (since 2016) and the two share two sons together. 

4. Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Tarasenko is a 30-year old right winger that currently plays for the St. Louis Blues. He was the 16th overall draft pick by the team in 2010 and is now in his 10th season with them. Between 2013 and 2019 (six seasons), he scored 203 goals and has another 31 this year. 

Tarasenko is having a comeback season after only playing 34 games the past two seasons. He scored seven goals in that span, but his 31 this year is the sixth time he has scored more than 30 goals in a season. He is married to Yana Tarasenko and they have three children (one is Tarasenko’s step child). 

3. Jonathan Marchessault

Jonathan Marchessault is a 31-year old center for the Vegas Golden Knights. He bounced around between the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning before joining the expansion team in Vegas. Marchessault is now in his fifth season with the team. 

He currently resides in Summerlin, Nevada with his wife Alexandra Marchessault and the two have four children together. Their three sons are named James, Will, and Henry John. Their daughter is named Victoria. He’s a family man and one of the most genuine players in the NHL.

2. Nick Jensen

Nick Jensen is a 31-year old defenseman for the Washington Capitals. He was a fifth round draft pick by the Detroit Red Wings in 2009 and he spent the next two and a half seasons with the team. He was traded to the Capitals ahead of the trade deadline during the 2018-19 season.

Jensen has tallied 13 goals and 76 assists during his six-year career. He scored his first career game-winning goal this season and has a career-high five goals through 68 games. He is currently married to Jenner Jensen and they welcomed their first son on March 17, 2020. 

1. T.J. Oshie

T.J. Oshie is a 35-year old forward for the Washington Capitals. He was the 24th overall pick by the St. Louis Blues in 2005 and spent the next seven seasons of his career with the team. He signed with the Capitals ahead of the 2015-16 season and is now in his seventh season. 

Oshie has tallied 269 goals and 363 assists during his 14-year career. He is currently married to Lauren Cosgrove Oshie and they have three children – two daughters (Lyla and Leni) and one son (Campbell). Their son was born one day before Nick Jensen’s son in the same hospital. 

Hockey Players Will Soon Get Some Family Time

The 2021-22 NHL regular season is currently in its home stretch. Teams have under 10 games left as several franchises look to make a last-minute run for a playoff spot. In fact, the Eastern Conference is pretty much set, but the Western Conference seeding is a bit more wide open. 

Those that don’t make it to the playoffs will get some early, much-needed time spent with their families as they head into the 2022 NHL offseason. Those that do make it to the playoffs will have to wait, but they’ll be playing for the ultimate prize in hockey – the coveted Stanley Cup. 

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Hockey players take their craft seriously and spend a lot of time improving their skills, but that doesn’t mean they don’t live normal human lives like the rest of us. They might receive a little more praise – and criticism – than the average person, but they’re still a normal human being.

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