June 20, 2011
NHL players could find love in 'Peg
By Jillian Austin, QMI Agency
Some of the most famous players to suit up for the Jets met their future wives while playing in Winnipeg.
Dale Hawerchuk married Crystal, originally from Arborg, while Keith Tkachuk met a local girl named Chantal.
“We got introduced by a mutual friend,” Keith said in a recent interview from his home in St. Louis. “We just met, and hit it off, and that was it.”
The couple had their first date at a familiar place — the Olive Garden across from Polo Park.
“Keith and I probably had the most fun that we’ve ever had from a team standpoint when he played in Winnipeg,” Chantal said.
Chantal and Keith have now been married nearly 15 years. And who knows? Maybe members of the new NHL team will find love in Winnipeg too.
Lianne Tregobov, owner of Camelot Introductions, a Winnipeg-based matchmaking service says there’s great opportunity.
“If they’re ready to be serious, Manitoba has absolutely amazing women,” she said. “Women in Winnipeg are supposed to be beautiful compared to lots of other cities, they say we’re supposed to have many, many stunning women.”
But Tregobov has a warning to young ladies hoping to meet the players:
“Don’t have stars in your eyes. Be real,” she said. “Look for someone who’s wonderful, and don’t ever throw yourself at anybody.”
As a matchmaker, Tregobov says she matches people according to true compatibility.
“Never pick somebody based on their profession,” Tregobov said. “If you fall in love with an amazing man, who happens to be a hockey player, knock yourself out. That’s fantastic.”
Undoubtedly, there will be ‘groupies’ hoping to land an NHL player, but Tregobov warns:
“I’m certain that professional athletes are not looking for a ‘puck bunny’ as a wife, maybe as a play toy.”
Tregobov said she expects some of the players will likely come to Camelot Introductions. She starts working with men at the age of 28.
“We certainly have worked with professional athletes in the past, I’ve worked with politicians ... all sorts of people,” she said.
If a relationship does develop, Tregobov said women have to be prepared for what comes with the life of a professional athlete.
“When you’re with somebody who has a career like a hockey player ... you take backseat to everything career-wise,” she said. “Anyone who’s with a hockey player has to be very secure, because he’s going to be away an awful lot, and they have to be aware of that right from the get-go.”