Marketing doctoral student and specialist teacher: two spouses of Montreal Canadiens players talk

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Marketing doctoral student and specialist teacher: two spouses of Montreal Canadiens players talk

In the dynamic world of professional sports, the spotlight often goes beyond the athletes to cover their families, and one of the most interesting subcultures within the field is that of the spouses of hockey players.

Despite the significant contributions they make to the well-being and success of their partners, wives of hockey players sometimes find themselves facing prejudice and unfair stereotypes.

However, these women, like anyone else, have dreams, careers, and individual identities that go beyond the confines of their husbands’ professions.

“We are women like others, very simple, we have work, we have family life and family values,” said Frédérike Bédard, wife of Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, in an interview with TVA Nouvelles. “I think it’s important that people know that and understand that we’re not here for the wrong reasons.”

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Their lives involve navigating the challenges of constant moving, long periods of separation, and the emotional roller coaster of victories and defeats.

“These athletes have a routine, with training in the morning and at night there are always parties,” said Emma Fortin, Brendan Gallagher’s girlfriend. “They’re always on the road, so it’s important to have our own activities as well.”

These women, like anyone else, have dreams, careers, and individual identities that transcend the confines of their husbands’ professions. Frédérike works for the DPJ du Saguenay and has worked for 4 years as a special teacher in a school. For her part, Emma is a doctoral candidate in marketing at HEC.

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Join their community

It is important to recognize that these women are not mere bystanders, but important members of a tight-knit community.

In addition, the two young women are involved with the Carrefour Foundation, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence.

“Women in need, who experience situations like this, it’s not fair and they need support,” said Emma. “I find it incredible that there are so many organizations like this, everyone should be more interested in that.”

Marketing Doctoral Student And Specialist Teacher: Two Spouses Of Montreal Canadiens Players Talk

Build strong bonds

However, these experiences also create strong bonds within the community of female hockey players, creating a network of support and understanding that transcends the game itself.

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“We are all in the same boat, sometimes we are alone, so eating together helps,” said Frédérike.

“There are four of us getting married this summer, so we organized a weekend in New York to get together,” said Emma, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Breaking stereotypes

Their commitment and unwavering support contribute greatly to the professional success of their spouses. However, it is equally important to break harmful stereotypes and recognize the diversity of individual aspirations within this community.

“It’s a wonderful life, in the sense that there are always matches,” says Frédérike. “We don’t stop, our lives go on when the boys are out there.”

Marketing Doctoral Student And Specialist Teacher: Two Spouses Of Montreal Canadiens Players Talk