Quotable moments from the Hockey Wives premiere

Sure, there’s plenty of cattiness and outrageous behaviour on the W Network’s new series, but some of these women are just plain awesome.

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Cast, Hockey Wives on W Network. Photo, courtesy of Corus Entertainment.

Premiering Wednesday night on the W Network, Hockey Wives delves into the lives of 10 NHL families, focusing on the women behind the players. Some of these ladies have their own careers, while others are stay-at-home moms, but they do share a few things in common — gorgeous homes, big rocks on their ring fingers and tonnes of sass. A select few live in a coddled bubble of happiness, reaping the benefits of their husbands’ fame and fortune, while others struggle with the pressure of the hockey-wife lifestyle. In the first episode, viewers are introduced to eight of the 10 women featured in the series — many of whom are friends. (For now, at least.) Below are the best five most quotable moments from the premiere.

Wife 1: Noureen DeWulf, an actress on the Charlie Sheen show Anger Management; pregnant wife of Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller.
What happened: The pair is making plans for Noureen to spend the hockey season in Vancouver. She’s understandably worried about who she’ll know and whether she’ll be able to work.
Words: “The thing that scares me most about Vancouver is the rain. My hair is a big part of my beauty, so the fact that I might be moving to an environment that would jeopardize that is just frightening.”

Wife 2: Maripier Morin, a Revlon model, restaurateur and television host; girlfriend of Canadiens left-winger Brandon Prust, who shares her love of Guy LaFleur.
What happened:
Morin is hosting the pre-game “blue carpet” event on the night of the Canadiens’ home opener. She admits on-camera that she desperately wants to impress Prust’s teammates when they walk the carpet.
Words:
“You want to sound smart. You don’t want them to walk by and say, ‘Ugh, that was Prust’s girlfriend. Not so good eh?'”

Brandon Prust and Maripier Morin in Hockey Wives on W Network. Photo, courtesy of Corus Entertainment.
Brandon Prust and Maripier Morin in Hockey Wives on W Network. Photo, courtesy of Corus Entertainment.

Wife 3: Brijet Whitney, a mom of three and creator of a website for professional hockey families; wife of recently retired NHL left-winger Ray Whitney, her high-school sweetheart.
What happened: At Thanksgiving dinner, the Whitney family is torn between wanting Ray to play another season and having him home for holidays and birthdays.
Words: “He’s a free agent and approaching retirement. I’ve heard that the divorce rate is 75 per cent after players retire. We’re trying to remain out of the statistics.”

Wife 4: Nicole Brown, a stay-at-home mom of four and former hockey player; wife of Dustin Brown, captain of the L.A. Kings.
What happened:
Brown may be the social glue that holds all of the Hockey Wives together, but at a dinner party in the first episode, she irks the other women by bragging about Dustin’s two Stanley Cup wins.
Words:
“I think everybody would like to be in our position. Of course, not everybody is this lucky.”

Wife 5: DeWulf again
What happened:
DeWulf has been asked to do a photo shoot for Playboy. She makes no bones about the fact that she’s posing (in part) to shock the other hockey wives. It works: one of them calls her a “slut” — albeit playfully.
Words:
“I feel very sexy at four-months pregnant. All the right things that need to get bigger are getting bigger, and my stomach’s not all that big.”

Tiffany Parros and Noureen DeWulf in Hockey Wives on W Network. Photo, courtesy of Corus Entertainment.
Tiffany Parros and Noureen DeWulf in Hockey Wives on W Network. Photo, courtesy of Corus Entertainment.