Celtics Jayson Tatum Talks Being a Young Father and 20 Other Great Sports Stars Who Love Being Dads

Celtics Jayson Tatum Talks Being a Young Father and 20 Other Great Sports Stars Who Love Being Dads

Jayson Tatum is one of the many pro athletes out there that are juggling a double life – one as an athlete and one as a young father. Tatum and his girlfriend, who have been dating since high school, welcomed their first child – Jayson Christopher Tatum Jr. – on December 6, 2017. 

Tatum’s son is turning five years old this year and has gone viral on several occasions during the Boston Celtics’ playoff run. It has caused Tatum to open up about being a young father, while also being one of the greatest young basketball players in the NBA – Tatum is just 24 years old.

“I’m around him every day. I think being able to go through this journey together, because I was 19 when I got drafted, it’s kind of like we’re growing up together,” said Tatum on being a young father. “Experiencing this together as we grow up … I think it’s the coolest part for me.”

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Other Athletes That Enjoy Being a Young Father

Celtics Jayson Tatum Talks Being a Young Father and 20 Other Great Sports Stars Who Love Being Dads
via Patrick Mahomes’ Instagram (@patrickmahomes)

Aside from being a young father, Jayson Tatum has already led his team to the Conference Finals twice and is two wins away from a title in his fifth season. He has averaged 20.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game – but those numbers will continue to rise.

Tatum isn’t the only pro athlete that’s enjoying his time as a young father. Every year, we see a new wave of pro athletes welcome children – some for the first time, others not so much. It’s something we’re always looking forward to as athletes start a new chapter in their busy life. 

While not all pro athletes are open about their personal life and some are more private about their families than others, we’re going to take a look at 20 pro athletes that are doubling as a young father. Some of the athletes might surprise you, but others you’ll expect to see on the list.

20. Trae Young

Trae Young is 23 years old and recently became a father in June 2022 – he and his fiance gave birth to a baby boy named Tydus Reign Young. The arrival came not long after Young’s fourth season in the NBA came to an end. He has established himself as a force to be reckoned with.

Over the past four seasons, Young has averaged 25.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 9.1 assists, and 0.9 steals per game. He’s a two-time All-Star and was part of the 2021-22 All-NBA team. During the 2020-21 season, he led the Atlanta Hawks to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 

19. Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford is a 34-year-old father of four daughters with his wife Kelly Stafford – she gave birth to  daughters in 2017, a daughter in 2018, and another daughter in 2020. When his daughters were born, Stafford was still a member of the Detroit Lions – remember those days?

Stafford is currently the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams and led them to a Super Bowl win in his first season with the team last season. Over his illustrious 13-year career, Stafford has recorded an 86-95-1 record, 49,995 yards, 323 touchdowns, and 161 interceptions. 

18. Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is a 30-year-old father to two daughters – one born in 2015 from a previous relationship and one he had in 2021 with his fiance Marlene Wilkerson. Irving and Wilkerson released a YouTube video of their memories and journey through pregnancy for all to see. 

Irving just finished his 11th season in the NBA and while he struggles to stay on the court for long stretches of games, he’s explosive when he’s out there. Over his career, he averages 23.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He’s a seven-time All-Star. 

17. Van Jefferson

Van Jefferson is a 25-year-old father to two sons and one daughter – one of the sons is from a previous relationship and the other two children are with his wife Samaria Jefferson. The couple made headlines when their son was born moments after Jefferson won the 2022 Super Bowl.

Jefferson is a wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams – he receives passes from another athlete on this list, Matthew Stafford. He was a second round draft pick in 2020 and has recorded 1,022 yards and 7 touchdowns off 69 receptions over the past two seasons.  

16. David de Gea

David de Gea is a 31-year-old father to one daughter with his Spanish wife, Edurne Almagro. The two welcomed their daughter on March 4, 2021 and she just turned one year old a few months ago. He is absolutely loving his new life as a father and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

de Gea is currently the goalkeeper for Manchester United in the Premier League and Spain’s national team. He has played in 606 career senior matches and turned in 198 clean sheets in those performances. Other than Manchester United, he has also played for Atletico Madrid.

15. Tre’Davious White

Tre’Davious White is a 27-year-old father to two sons with his wife Ikea Perrier. The couple made headlines after White was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Just a few days after the draft, they welcomed their second son, Tre’Davious Jr.

White has now been in the league for five years – though this past season got cut short due to a torn ACL he suffered on Thanksgiving Day. He has established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL with 16 interceptions and 60 passes defensed over the past five years.

14. Joey Logano

Joey Logano is a 32-year-old father to two sons and one daughter with his wife Brittany Baca. The two were childhood sweethearts and married on December 13, 2014. They welcomed their two sons in 2018 and 2020 before finally having their first daughter recently in February 2022. 

Logano has been racing in the NASCAR Cup Series for 15 years – his first race was in 2008, his first win was in 2009, and his latest win was in 2022. He has accumulated 29 wins, 247 top tens, and 23 poles in the Cup Series. He also has 30 wins and 143 top tens in the Xfinity Series.

13. Draymond Green

Draymond Green is a 32-year-old father to four children – a son and daughter from a previous relationship with Jelissa Hardy, and two daughters with his wife Hazel Renee (one of which is Renee’s from a previous relationship). He’s open about his love and admiration for his children. 

Green is currently one win away from his fourth NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors. He has been with the team for 10 years now and has averaged 8.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. He’s a former Defensive POY. 

12. Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro is a 22-year-old father to one daughter with his girlfriend Katya Elise Henry. They made the announcement in June 2021 and the baby was born in September 2021. Following the birth of the baby, Herro went on to have his best year as a pro and won Sixth Man of the Year.

With three seasons under his belt, Herro is averaging 16.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 0.6 steals per game with the Miami Heat. Despite primarily playing off the bench, he put up over 20 points per game for the first time in 2021-22 – adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

11. Tom Brady

Tom Brady is a 44-year-old father of two sons and one daughter – he had one son with Bridget Moynahan before having a son and daughter with his wife Gisele Bundchen. He has always shown love and affection for his children and always makes it a point to spend time with them.

Brady has recently come out of a brief retirement and will enter his 23rd season in the league – 20 with the Patriots and his third with the Buccaneers. He’s a seven-time Super Bowl champion and three-time MVP with a 243-73 record, 84,520 passing yards, and 624 passing touchdowns. 

10. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a 27-year-old father to two sons with his girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger. They welcomed their first son – Liam Charles – in February 2020 and their second son – Maverick Shai – in August 2021. He loves his new role as a father athlete. 

Antetokounmpo just finished his ninth season in the league and has already accomplished so much in his young career. He averages 21.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. He’s a back-to-back MVP winner, NBA Champion, and Finals MVP. 

9. Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is a 33-year-old father to one son and twin daughters with his wife Nina Earl. The couple engaged in 2014 and married in 2015. They welcomed their son, Noah, in 2017 and their twin daughters, Skye and Jordan, in 2018. Westbrook takes his role as a father seriously. 

Westbrook just completed his 14th season in the league and first with the Los Angeles Lakers. Throughout his career, he has averaged 22.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He’s a nine-time All-Star, one-time MVP, and even led the league in scoring twice. 

8. Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. is a 29-year-old father to one son, Zayn, which he and his partner, Lauren Wood, welcomed on February 17, 2022. The birth came just four days after OBJ won the Super Bowl in his first season with the Los Angeles Rams – he was acquired midway through the year. 

OBJ is still recovering from an injury he suffered in the Super Bowl, but scoring a touchdown and winning that game were two of the greatest highlights of his career. Through eight seasons in the NFL, Beckham Jr. has 531 receptions, 7,367 receiving yards, and 56 touchdowns.

7. Deandre Ayton

Deandre Ayton is a 23-year-old father to one son, Deandre Obinna Ayton Jr., with his girlfriend Anissa Evans. The two welcomed their son on March 6, 2021 and he stole the show throughout the 2022 NBA Playoffs this year – sharing a lot of moments with teammate Devin Booker

Ayton just finished his fourth season in the league and has been a consistent anchor down low for the Phoenix Suns. He has averaged 16.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. There’s a lot of talk that the Suns might try to move him this offseason. 

6. CJ McCollum

CJ McCollum is a 30-year-old father to one son, Jacobi James, with his wife Elise McCollum. The couple engaged in 2018, married in 2020, and welcomed their son on January 10, 2022. So far, CJ is loving this new opportunity to raise his son with the woman he loves so dearly. 

McCollum just finished his ninth season in the NBA and it was one that saw him traded to the New Orleans Pelicans mid-season. It went well as he made the playoffs with his new team and the franchise is on the up-and-up. McCollum will continue to lead the team in the near future. 

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a 37-year-old father to five children – one he had with Irina Shayk, twins he had via surrogacy, and two with his current wife Georgina Rodriguez. The couple actually had three children together, but one of their sons (a twin) passed away during childbirth in 2022. 

Ronaldo is one of the greatest soccer players of all-time and has played in 933 career matches for Sporting CP, Juventus, Manchester United, and Real Madrid. He has 698 goals and 230 assists as a senior, adding another 117 goals in 128 appearances with Portugal’s national team.

4. LeBron James

LeBron James is a 37-year-old father to two sons, Bronny and Bryce, and one daughter, Zhuri, with his wife and high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson. He has always been a huge supporter of his children and is watching his sons follow in his footsteps as a basketball player.

James just completed his 19th season in the NBA and has established his legacy as one of the greatest players of all-time. He’s a four-time champion, four-time MVP, four-time Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, six-time All-Defensive, 18-time All-NBA, and former Rookie of the Year. 

3. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry is a 34-year-old father of two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and one son, Canon, with his wife Ayesha Curry. His children frequently make appearances at press conferences and are often seen courtside watching their father hit threes better than anyone who ever lived.

Curry is currently one win away from his fourth championship in his 13th season with the Golden State Warriors. He’s an eight-time All-Star, two-time scoring champ, two-time MVP, eight-time All-NBA, and even led the league in steals once. He’s one of the greatest of all-time.

2. Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is a 26-year-old is a father to one daughter and is expecting a second child later this year with his wife Brittany Mahomes. The couple engaged in September 2020, had their daughter in 2021, married in March 2022, and announced their second child shortly after.

Mahomes has only been in the league five years, but has already accomplished so much. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler, MVP, Super Bowl champ, and Super Bowl MVP. He has a 50-13 record, 18,991 passing yards, 151 passing touchdowns, 37 interceptions, and eight rushing TDs. 

1. Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson is a 33-year-old father to one son and one daughter with his wife, Ciara Wilson. He’s also a stepfather to Ciara’s son with hip-hop artist, Future. Russell takes his role as father and stepfather very seriously and loves spending a ton of quality time with each of his children. 

Wilson just finished his 10th season with the Seattle Seahawks, but was traded to the Denver Broncos this offseason in what was a much-needed change of scenery. Wilson is searching for his second Super Bowl victory after doing so with Seattle in 2013 – his second year in the NFL

Juggling Between Young Father and Athlete Isn’t Easy

Being a professional athlete isn’t easy – it takes a lot of hard work, practice, talent, dedication, and time. You not only have to perform well as a child, but you have to spark the interest of a college, continue your solid play, and eventually catch the eye of a professional sports team. 

By the time most athletes turn professional, they’re still teenagers and young adults. As they continue their career, they start gaining more responsibilities at home – especially when they decide to get married and start a family. At that point, finding a good work-life balance is crucial.

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Juggling life as a young father and a pro athlete – no matter what sport you’re in – is never easy and we have a great respect for those that find a way to make it work. Just because athletes are wealthy and famous doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have healthy relationships with their children!

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
via Jonathan Marchessault’s Instagram

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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