Hockey Wives Announces Two New Wives with Keshia Chanté and Rhianna Weaver Joining Season 2 of W Network's Hit Series

  • Returning wives include Kodette LaBarbera, Tiffany Parros, Noureen DeWulf, Maripier Morin and Martine Forget
  • Additional new wives to be announced
  • LG announced as series sponsor as production begins

TORONTO, June 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's W Network announced today the first set of new and returning wives who will be featured in the highly-anticipated second season of the docu-series Hockey Wives. New stars include Keshia Chanté, one of Canada's most versatile music stars, host of BET's hit music countdown show 106 & Park and girlfriend of Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery; and Rhianna Weaver, a Montreal-based philanthropist and marketing professional and wife of veteran Canadiens defenceman Mike Weaver. Returning stars include Kodette LaBarbera, Tiffany Parros, Noureen DeWulf, Maripier Morin and Martine Forget, with additional new wives to be announced in the coming months. Produced by Bristow Global Media Inc., in association with W Network, Hockey Wives Season 2 is scheduled to premiere this fall, with LG signed on as the lead sponsor.

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"As production begins on a brand new season of Hockey Wives, we are excited to announce our returning stars, along with new wives, including Keshia and Rhianna. Our dynamic cast will continue to share their riveting and emotional stories as another NHL season unfolds," said John MacDonald, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Women & Family, Corus Entertainment. "Having an innovative brand like LG on board as lead sponsor is very exciting and demonstrates our commitment to advertisers and audiences alike to provide the most engaging programming possible to W viewers."

"Coming off the wild success of the first season, we are thrilled to be back in production on Hockey Wives for a second season," said Julie Bristow, President and CEO, Bristow Global Media, Inc and creator of Hockey Wives. "Making this season even more exciting is our unique partnership with W Network to continue to forge new content partnerships with extraordinary national brands like LG."

"LG is dedicated to delivering innovations that respond to consumer lifestyle and needs," said Thomas Yoon, President & CEO, LG Electronics Canada. "We are excited to expand on our Hockey Sponsorships and partner with W Network's Hockey Wives, a brand that, like LG, has carved out a place in the hearts and homes of Canadians."

Hockey Wives Season 2 will continue to have unmatched access to the off-the-ice lives of the women who are the captains of their families, careers and relationships. Following the success of the first season the series will continue to deliver a rare opportunity for fans to meet accomplished "captains" off the ice and explores the meaning of being married to the game. With an exclusive look into the high-stakes lives of WAGs (wives and girlfriends) of professional hockey players, the series reveals that it takes an incredible woman to manage fulfilling personal careers and stick handle life off of the ice with some of today's top pro athletes.

Being married to the game comes with its fair share of perks, but make no mistake the hockey life isn't for the faint of heart.  Balancing family, career and personal aspirations against a backdrop of the pressures of being traded, injury, career uncertainty, long periods of separation is a constant juggling act. And, if you happen to be in one of the country's biggest hockey cities, it's like living in a fishbowl.  Meet the off-ice Captains - sexy, savvy, jet-setting women, stick handling life through another grueling hockey season. From wives who are rookies, to those who are facing free agency or whose partners are Stanley Cup winning superstars, these women form a team of their own, supporting and encouraging one another through personal and professional highs and lows.

Photo & Interview Opportunity:
Martine Forget and Rhianna Weaver will be available for press interviews on June 24 at the LG Social Club event.  For more details please contact: Alison Salinas, 416.648.8844, alisonsalinas@gmail.com.

The new season of Hockey Wives will be sponsored by LG Electronics Canada as a partnership between Bristow Global Media Inc., Corus Entertainment and LG. Hockey Wives has teamed up with LG Electronics Canada in a multifaceted home appliance product integration and marketing campaign bringing Life's Good power-plays to the households featured in the show. The sponsorship includes members of the cast announced as brand ambassadors for LG. Additional elements include on-air promotion and digital cross platform support of the rebroadcast of Season 1 over the summer and for the upcoming Season 2 in the fall.

Produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. in association with W Network, season 2 of Hockey Wives will air on W Network. Executive Producers are Julie Bristow President & CEO Bristow Global Media, Claire Adams, Head of Content, Bristow Global Media, Carli Posner and Megan Sanchez-Warner. John MacDonald is the Vice President of Television and Head of Women's and Family Television for Corus Entertainment.

Meet the Hockey Wives:

BIOS

Keshia Chanté
Twitter: @KeshiaChante
Instagram: @keshiachante
Dating Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery

Keshia Chanté, 27, started her career at 14 and is now one of the most versatile artists in entertainment. A singer/songwriter with multiple #1 radio singles, eight Top Ten singles, multiple awards including a Juno (Canadian Grammy), has toured and collaborated with Destiny's Child, Elton John, Drake etc., a TV personality, having hosted the #1 music show seen by over 70 million worldwide, BET's 106 & Park and interviewing the likes of Michelle Obama, Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey, Mark Wahlberg and many more. A model who has been featured in campaigns with Pepsi, Samsung, Bell. A philanthropist having volunteered in Africa and Dominican Republic, even served as Youth Ambassador for CANFAR. A fashionista being dubbed a "fashion icon" by the coveted Fashion Television. An actress having starred in the series Soul. All of that, and she still manages to be a supportive girlfriend to NHL goaltender Ray Emery

Rhianna Weaver
Twitter: @rhiannaweaver
Married to Montreal Canadiens Defensemen Mike Weaver 

After studying Fashion Merchandising, Rhianna Weaver was building a career in visual and store design for major retailers when she met her now husband Mike Weaver, currently a defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens. Swept up in the hockey world that had them jetsetting to cities across North America, Rhianna switched gears to focus on raising a family, and coordinating special projects with an emphasis on fashion through team foundations, such as the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation. This year will mark her return to work in the fashion industry as she joins Montreal-based clothing retailer Bestseller, freelancing in marketing, PR and special projects coordination. Rhianna is good friends with Maripier Morin.

Noureen DeWulf
Twitter: @noureendewulf
Instagram: @noureendewulf
Married to Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller

Actress Noureen DeWulf most recently starred opposite Charlie Sheen in 100 episodes of the hit comedy Anger Management as sexy, therapy patient Lacey. Noureen grew up in Georgia and moved to LA after graduating from Boston University. Her first role was in the Oscar-winning short film, West Bank Story. Since then she starred in several romantic comedies including Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and The Back Up Plan. Noureen has graced Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list twice (2007 and 2014). She is married to goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Miller. The couple welcomed their first child in March, a son named Bodhi Ryan Miller. She's settling into life as a new mom, while fielding several TV and film offers. Noureen is close friends with Tiffany Parros

Martine Forget
Twitter: @martineforget22
Instagram: @martineforget
Engaged to Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier 

This French-Canadian bombshell is a lingerie model who has worked in all the fashion hot spots, from Milan to Germany, Miami and New York, since she was 17. Martine and Jonathan now call Toronto home and recently became parents, welcoming their first child Tyler in August 2014. Adjusting to life as a new mom, Martine is balancing changes in her lifestyle, career, and new responsibilities with Jonathan's hectic schedule with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Maripier Morin
Twitter: @maripiermorin
Instagram: @maripiermorin
Dating Montreal Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust 

French Canadian TV star, Maripier Morin is the epitome of the Montreal It girl. The former figure skater is building her own media empire, one hit show at a time. She has graced the small screen since 2007 on a number of different shows. She will appear on the upcoming show Code F for VRAK2, and featured as the host of TVA's new music format Faites come chez vous. Not only a benchmark of fashion in Montreal, Maripier is the face for Revlon in Quebec, a partner with Brandon in the Montreal restaurant Laurea in Mile-End, and is a partner in the Canadian cocktail line UNIK. Maripier misses her close friend Tiffany Parros since George was traded from Montreal.

Tiffany Parros
Twitter: @tparros
Married to newly retired Right Winger George Parros 

Tiffany, an entrepreneur and clothing designer, is used to life on the go. Having recently touched down in Las Vegas, she and her husband George, retired NHL veteran, have an eye on the future and another on their vivacious 3 year-old twins. Despite the name of her line, Plain Threads, her life is anything but. Tiffany manages to keep her clientele of Hollywood personalities and fellow NHL wives well-dressed and well-connected. Although she has little time to relax, she is opening a spa with a close friend in her old neighborhood, Hermosa Beach, CA. Just another business venture to keep her moving, Plain and simple.

Kodette LaBarbera
Twitter: @KodetteLaBarbs
Married to Anaheim Ducks/Norfolk goalie Jason LaBarbera 

Kodette is married to Anaheim Ducks goal tender Jason LaBarbera, and together they have two sons, Ryder and Easton.  Kodette took on the role as an autism activist and advocate for awareness, after the couple received the diagnosis their eldest son Ryder had autism. One of his challenges is he has trouble with change, so last year they made the difficult decision to split the family up during the hockey season to maintain stability - Jason playing in California, while Kodette stayed in Calgary with the kids. While the separation was difficult, their hard work paid off and as the result of Ryder' progress, this upcoming season Kodette and the boys will be able to join Jason wherever he ends up playing. She was integral in starting Love for Lokomotiv, in support of the families affected by the plane crash carrying coaches and players of Russia's KHL. Kodette has received a Linking Sports Community Leadership Award for her charitable endeavors. Kodette keeps a close friendship with Tiffany Parros.

For more information about the series, please visit wnetwork.com/HockeyWives

About W Network
W Network is the leading destination for Canadian women delivering/with a range of compelling entertainment from original programming to lifestyle series, blockbuster movies and popular dramas. W Network's online offerings include WNetwork.com, W Dish and W View. With its extensive research capabilities and consumer insights, W Network is recognized as a leading expert in marketing to women. W Network is owned by Canadian-based media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment. For more information, visit WNetwork.com and corusent.com.

About Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM)
Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) is a Toronto based content creation company, specializing in creating multi-platform content across all genres including scripted, lifestyle, reality, documentary and sports. The company was launched in 2013 by leading broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow, whose 20 year career at the CBC included the creation of award-winning entertainment divisions, the launch of national digital media platforms and the stewardship of iconic sports brands. BGM is partnered with Jamie Oliver's Fresh One Productions in the UK for content development.

About LG Electronics Canada
The LG brand was established in 1995. The company is a global leader in electronics, information and communications products, with more than 117 operations around the world, and annual worldwide revenues of more than US $49 billion. LG Canada is comprised of five business units - Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Home Entertainment, Business Solutions and Commercial Air Conditioning. The company has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. LG Canada is focused on delivering award-winning products known for blending style and technology. These innovative products include cell phones, flat screen TVs, laptop computers and home appliances. For more information please visit www.LG.com

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Image with caption: "Keshia Chanté from W Network's Hockey Wives (CNW Group/W Network)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150624_C9867_PHOTO_EN_43786.jpg

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For further information:

Danielle Sefton                       

Corus Entertainment 

416.479.6094

danielle.sefton@corusent.com 

Owen McCorquodale

Corus Entertainment 

416.479.6068

owen.mccorquodale@corusent.com 

Alison Salinas

Unit Publicist

Bristow Global Media Inc.

416.648.8844

alisonsalinas@gmail.com


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