Emilie Blum, wife of Minnesota Wild defensemen Jonathan Blum, knows the challenges of being “married to the game” first hand. The former U.S. military intelligence specialist, who gave up her job to support her husband’s NHL career, details her difficult transition on the new W network series Hockey Wives, a Canadian reality show that follows the women behind some of hockey’s biggest players.
“Right now I’m just trying to find my place in this world,” she tells Hello! Canada in an exclusive interview.
Unlike some of the other wives, however, the animal-loving photographer from Chicago knows the sport well and grew up in a hockey family – which has helped her father, a Blackhawks fan, bond with her husband.
“It’s really cool for my dad to have a common connection with John, just to talk about hockey,” she says. “I think it’s special for both of them… if I married a basketball player or a dentist they wouldn't have anything to talk about!”
For Emilie, these past few months have been difficult, since Johnathan, lacking a formal contract, never knows what’s going to happen next. “It seems like every time I buy groceries he gets called up [from the AHL minor league to the NHL] and everything goes to waste,” she says.
Although the pretty blond sometimes struggles to fit in with the other wives – "I don't always get along with everyone," she admits – Emilie does have some friends in her corner to help her through tough times. “ I really bonded with Brijet [Whitney]," she says. "She's the connecter between everyone."
The eight-part docu-series premieres on Wednesday, March 18.