His wife is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, his daughter is his good luck charm, Friends reruns are his salvation and pickle juice saved his career.
Meet Blake Coleman, the only born-and-raised Texan to win a Stanley Cup.
Yet, he doesn’t own cowboy boots.
He’s not your average hockey player.
And he’s doesn’t have your typical family.
As famous as Coleman is as a two-time Stanley Cup winner whose skill set earned him a six-year, $29.4 million deal with the Flames, his wife Jordan has performed in front of more people than he has.
Not just as a cheerleader for Dallas’ iconic group for three years, but later as a college football sideline reporter with CBS.
“She reminds me of that actually,” laughed the 30-year-old, who started dating his sister’s childhood friend after she spent three years on the Cowboys sidelines.
“She says, ‘Don’t forget I used to do things.’ I know it bums her out that I never got to see her in that role, performing. There were 80,000 people in (AT & T Stadium), so I’d say she’s had bigger crowds in her career.”
Coleman will take centre stage Thursday at Amalie Arena, where he’ll gather with former Bolts teammates to receive his latest championship ring hours before facing off in a game that will include a video tribute welcoming back the popular winger.
“It’s special, obviously,” said Coleman after Wednesday’s practice at his former rink.