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Being married to the game comes with its fair share of perks, but make no mistake: managing the pressures of trades, relentless travel, family, career uncertainty, injury, and long periods of separation in the white hot years of your life is a full time job. Meet the off-ice Captains -- sexy, savvy, jet-setting women, stick handling life through another grueling hockey season. From wives who are new to the league, to those whose partners are Stanley Cup winning superstars or nearing retirement, these women form a team of their own, supporting and encouraging one another through personal and professional highs and lows.
We meet the majority of the cast as these wives and girlfriends adjust to their new lives as temporarily single women. Envied by a continent, they all struggle to stay afloat amidst high profile careers, demanding kids, lonely partners, and, occasionally, gripping insecurity.
As each woman navigates a different reality, they look to each other for support – the group of women that truly understands what it is to live with the threat of a trade, the daily uncertainty of injury, and the painful realities of skating past your prime.
Nicole Brown, Veteran WAG and Captain's wife, throws a dinner for the girls, which gets a little tense. Tiffany Parros is tired of the pity she gets when people find out George isn't playing, so she brings along actress, Noureen DeWulf, to shock the ladies with news of her recent Playboy pregnancy shoot.
In Montreal, Maripier Morin hosts a high-powered red carpet for the Habs season opener, while her enforcer boyfriend, Brandon, gets his head back in the game. And Brijet Whitney, who's been through it all before, consoles Emilie Blum as her husband, Jon, fights hard to stay in the league.
We're outside the rink and deep into the lives of these women as we begin to understand, truly, what it means to be married to the game.
While most of the women complain of loneliness, Brijet Whitney hasn't seen this much of her husband in 23 years. Ray's now a free agent weighing the option of retirement. Brijet's very aware of the divorce statistics, which skyrocket after retirement. She's determined to beat the odds, but truth be told, it's been a long time since they really had a life together.
Meanwhile, Kodette adjusts to single motherhood in Calgary, while her husband, Jason LaBarbera, starts his season in the US. Having chosen to raise their autistic son in Canada, Kodette's feeling the isolation of this decision and two months and counting feels like a long time to be a family apart.
Martine Forget has given up a jet setting career as a lingerie model to settle in Toronto with her fiancé, Leafs Goaltender Jonathan Bernier, and their infant son. She's having trouble with her post-birth body, wondering if she'll ever reclaim her career.
Maripier is working overtime to keep it together. Her star's on a meteoric rise in Montreal and she can barely keep up with the pace. Meanwhile, pregnant Noureen is shooting Anger Management in L.A. She's starting to realize that much of her first pregnancy is going to be spent away from her man she loves. For two people in the white hot years of their lives, the hardest thing to manage is their schedule.
The season's in full swing and these ladies are taking one for the team with a whole lot of tears and tequila.
Desperate to escape the LA gossip, Tiffany hits the road to house hunt in Vegas. The clock's ticking on her moving date and, if something doesn't change soon, she and George will be homeless by month's end.
Emilie's also on the move. Jon's been sent down to the AHL, after failing to secure a spot on the Minnesota roster. It's 4 am, and they're on their way back to Iowa. As she moves them into a hotel, Emilie does her best to keep a brave face.
Noureen continues to be non-stop in Hollywood, working to find time for Ryan before their baby is born! When the game schedule lands him in LA, Noureen uses the opportunity to give Ryan a crash course in fatherhood.
While Noureen and Ryan adjust to the idea of parenting, Martine is happy to be getting a break. After months spent at home as a full time mom, she's slowly returning to work. Still, she's worried sick about leaving her newborn with a sitter. And, she's also anxious about her figure. Not yet back to her pre-baby weight, Martine's uncertain her modeling career can rebound.
Of course, while Martine is thinking about lingerie, Nicole is consumed by a very different kind of costume. This is her first Halloween with four kids and no husband at home, and she is treading water. Dustin's having a hard time on the road, missing his family and struggling with loneliness. While she may be coveted the Captain's wife, Nicole is ready to throw in the towel for a simple 9-5 life with her man.
The NHL season's in full swing and the women are finding their feet as life catches up.
Tiffany and George are sticking to the plan, packing up, and moving to Vegas – into a house they haven't even seen. In the midst of all the madness and stress, Tiffany jams in a planned trip to Scottsdale for a little face time with her ladies, Kodette and Brijet.
Maripier is managing a serious bout of nerves as she prepares to host her first event in English. It's a fundraising gala that Brandon and his teammates will attend, and MP's stress is overshadowing the whole event. As it draws closer and she and Brandon start to quarrel, MP starts to question whether she'll be able to get her emotions under control.
Meanwhile, emotions are running high in Noureen's hometown. The starlet is coming home, back to her small Georgia town, where her mother is throwing the Indian baby shower of the century. Noureen's looking for a small family affair – a chance to re-connect with her two sisters, her parents and her best childhood friend. Of course, the forty "aunties" she's not seen in years are just forty of many surprises...
Across the land in Arizona, Tiffany's finally meeting Ray. It's quickly made clear that he's not as eager to embrace potential retirement as George. As tensions mount, Kodette looks to ease the mood with the chaos of her two little boys.
For the Hockey Wives and Girlfriends, these may be the moments that count, but man could they all use a break.
Days after packing up her life and moving to Vegas, Tiffany's hopping on a plane to Montreal. Maripier is in serious need of a reality check, and Tiffany's determined to help get her priorities with Brandon in check.
Meanwhile, Nicole's en route to Vegas for a hockey tournament and a much-needed break. Dustin's coming along as the "coach", but he seems less interested in the team and more interested in the fans asking for autographs. Looks like the ladies on the ice will have to go it alone…
Emilie's at Jon's game to participate in a military charity event, and it's got her thinking about the future. After connecting with fellow veterans, she has questions for Jon about their life together – will it include kids, more military for Emily, or perhaps giving up the NHL altogether? It's time to make the tough decisions.
And Kodette and the boys are getting Jason back for the night, while the Ducks play the Flames. Kodette's delighted, but it means Jason won't even be able to stay the night. Kodette's feeling overwhelmed and is working hard to hold it together. Jason comes home to cold meatloaf for dinner… not quite the welcome home he was expecting. Can the two re-connect with such a short visit?
Brijet is hosting a big party in LA for her website, Obsessions of a Hockey Wife, and everyone's invited. Of course, not everyone's in the mood to party…
As Tiffany boards the plane to LA, George is announcing his retirement. It's news that will rock Tiffany's world, and given the city's obsession with hockey, LA is the last place she wants to be. Tiffany's got her guard up and is in no mood for a pity party.
Of course, maybe business will distract her. Maripier and Martine are flying in for a Plain Threads photo shoot. Martine's feeling uneasy, leaving her newborn for the first time, and Maripier's feeling farther from motherhood than ever. MP's nervous about her "girlfriend" status in the run up to the wives' party, and Tiffany's setting the record straight regarding her relationship with Brandon.
All of the women are struggling with uncertainty. Emilie is working to grow her photography business, embracing the hockey wives as a promising client base, and Kodette's glad to be in LA with the women who understand her best. Nicole's working overtime to manage a mansion build alongside the stress of the season, and Noureen is wrapping up her life in LA as she prepares for her move and the role of a lifetime…
Fancy friends, journalists, industry insiders, hockey buddies, and dazzling fashionistas are gearing up for the It event of the weekend. Tiffany and George are coming to Toronto to showcase their lines at a pop-up party in one of the hottest shops in the city. For now, the Parros future is strongest in fashion, so they're going at it hard. Still, George is scheduled to do some hockey commentating for Sportsnet while he's in T.O., so maybe the future is there as well. For now, Tiffany's ignoring the future to focus on a closet full of shoes… Tiff's pal, Barbie Blank (pro wrestler "Kelly Kelly" and wealthy WAG fiance of Sheldon Souray), needs help reorganizing her designer shoe closet and Tiffany could use the meditation…
Noureen is ready to pop and, as they say in LA, sh#t's getting real. The birthing class that she and Ryan are taking has got her concerned about what comes next. Noureen's coach is trying to prepare her for the pain of childbirth and, after 20 seconds, she's tapping out. Noureen does not do pain. Still, when her water breaks, pain is the last thing on her mind. Welcome, Baby Miller.
Maripier's agent is encouraging her to expand into the English-language market, and MP likes the idea. It means more job security in the event Brandon gets traded. So, while she's supporting Tiffany's Plain Threads pop-up in Toronto, she agrees to do an English radio interview for practice. However, when the interviewer only wants to talk about Brandon, MP's reminded that breaking into the English market on her own terms is going to take some work.
For MP, everything's feeling a little up in the air, and when she and Tiff, Kodette and Brijet get together for some friendly axe throwing in Toronto, it becomes clear Tiff's got an axe to grind about her relationship with Brandon.
Emilie and Jon are also in town, with Jon playing a night in Toronto. They're happy to have a chance to support Tiff and George, and Jon and George spend some time catching up. Jon's focused on his future too, wondering aloud about playing in Europe. For the first time, Emilie's putting her foot down. She gave up her dreams in the military to support Jon's dream of pro hockey in America. Europe is not where she wants to raise a family. Jon and Emilie are accustomed to uncertainty – it's brought them closer together. For the first time, they're up against something that could truly tear them apart. For now, though, it's party time.
Noureen DeWulf(Noureen DeWulf)
Maripier Morin(Maripier Morin)
Brijet Whitney(Brijet Whitney)
Emilie Blum(Emilie Blum)
Jenny Scrivens(Jenny Scrivens)
Kodette LaBarbera(Kodette LaBarbera)
Martine Forget(Martine Forget)
Tiffany Parros(Tiffany Parros)
Wendy Tippett(Wendy Tippett)
Nicole Brown(Nicole Brown)
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