Former Hockey Rivals Welcome Baby Girl

Caroline Ouellette and Julie Chu captained the Canadian, US women's hockey teams
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Former Hockey Rivals Now Parents
The announcement.   (Instagram)

From rival hockey captains to team members to parents: Caroline Ouellette and Julie Chu, who captained the Canadian and US women's hockey teams, respectively, welcomed daughter Liv Chu-Ouellette Nov. 5, the CBC reports. In Ouellette's Instagram announcement Monday, the 38-year-old noted she was pregnant when she and Chu, with the Canadian Women's Hockey League's Montreal Canadiennes, won the Clarkson Cup in March. "We have already been blessed with so many things in our life: Amazing friends and family, Love, Representing our countries, and doing things we are passionate about each day. We couldn't have felt luckier, until we were blessed with the most incredible Gift so far," wrote Chu, 35, in her own Instagram post.

Ouellette has four Winter Olympics gold medals (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) and was captain when Team Canada won gold in the 2014 Sochi Games, while Chu has three Olympic silvers (2002, 2010, 2014) and a bronze (2006) from that same span; she captained Team USA from 2011 to 2013. NBC Sports calls the Team Canada-Team USA rivalry "one of the most contentious national-team rivalries over the last two decades," noting the teams have also met in all 18 world championship finals. Chu is now head coach at Montreal's Concordia University, while Ouellette is out on leave for a few months from the Canadiennes. "What Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette have proved is that you too can live the life of an inspirational sports movie with a compelling relationship arc," tweeted High Heels & High Sticks over the weekend. (More hockey stories.)

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