ice + ice = baby
November 20, 2017 2:24 PM   Subscribe

They were once Olympic rivals — one the captain of the U.S. women's hockey team, the other the captain of Canada's women's hockey team. But now Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette are celebrating the birth of their daughter.

From Ouellette's Instagram: On November 5th, at 10:18pm, after 40 weeks and 2 days, Julie and I welcomed to the world our beautiful daughter Liv. I feel truly blessed to experience this incredible adventure with my love and best friend Julie. I did not realise it was possible to love this much until I met this little buddle of joy! It was a happy pregnancy for us. Liv was on the ice to win the Clarkson Cup with Les Canadiennes de Montréal this past March. We spent the summer coaching the sport we love with great friends. Thanks to our families and friends for your support and for being part of this new journey. Cheers to the sleepless nights to come!

Le 5 novembre dernier, à 22:18, après 40 semaines et 2 jours, Julie et moi avons accueilli notre magnifique fille Liv. Je suis tellement choyée de vivre ce moment incroyable avec l’amour de ma vie et ma meilleure amie Julie. Je ne croyais pas qu’il était possible d’aimer autant avant de la rencontrer! Ce fut une grossesse heureuse pour nous. Liv était sur la glace pour remporter la Coupe Clarkson avec Les Canadiennes de Montréal en Mars dernier. Notre été fut passé à enseigner le sport qu’on aime avec nos meilleures amies. Merci à tous nos familles et amis pour votre support et de faire partie de cette aventure. Cheers aux nuits blanches à venir!
posted by roger ackroyd (33 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
 
Awww!
posted by potrzebie at 2:28 PM on November 20, 2017 [2 favorites]


OMG so cute.
posted by latkes at 2:29 PM on November 20, 2017


A+ baby and post title.
posted by Flannery Culp at 2:31 PM on November 20, 2017 [47 favorites]


That kid is going to grow up to be a real Wickenheiser!
posted by furtive at 2:31 PM on November 20, 2017 [4 favorites]


Top marks for the post title.
posted by Start with Dessert at 2:32 PM on November 20, 2017 [10 favorites]


why isn't there an anime about this i demand an anime
posted by WidgetAlley at 2:34 PM on November 20, 2017 [14 favorites]


This reminds me, can we get Fire and Ice posted over at fanfare?
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 2:35 PM on November 20, 2017


The child is the Kwisatz Haderach of hockey. There is fear in the house of Gretzky this day.
posted by cmfletcher at 2:39 PM on November 20, 2017 [59 favorites]


These two did that hockey and you'll never believe what happened next!
posted by NoMich at 2:41 PM on November 20, 2017


This is great, and reminds me of this: -- for once, read the comments, especially the first...
posted by AJaffe at 2:41 PM on November 20, 2017 [5 favorites]


You can't call it Yuri on Ice and not expect that somebody's going to come up with a genderbent hockey AU, but this is going above and beyond.
posted by Sequence at 2:44 PM on November 20, 2017 [11 favorites]


Liv Chu-Ouellette is the most Stephenson-esque Diamond Age name ever, as is having two moms who were hockey superstars. Actually that part seems ripped straight from a David Foster Wallace novel.

Who is the poor kid going to cheer for during the Olympics? Canada if smart, but what if she's not?
posted by Keith Talent at 2:54 PM on November 20, 2017 [17 favorites]


That's adorable! That's so cute it's like fiction.
posted by jenfullmoon at 3:24 PM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]


I did not realise it was possible to love this much until I met this little buddle of joy!

It's not a typo, it's a neologism! (bundle + cuddle)
posted by hangashore at 3:27 PM on November 20, 2017 [2 favorites]


Their teams played against each other in the final gold medal round of the Olympics three times.

The movie pretty much writes itself.
posted by kyrademon at 3:39 PM on November 20, 2017 [20 favorites]


For the first time in my life, I find myself inclined to watch hockey. What a great story!
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 3:56 PM on November 20, 2017


For even more so cute it seems like fiction: Ouellette was pregnant with Liv when she and Chu won the Clarkson cup together last spring (the CWHL's championship.)
posted by tavella at 3:59 PM on November 20, 2017 [6 favorites]


I am one of those outcast Canadians ambivalent to hockey, but I think my heart just grew three sizes.
posted by haruspicina at 4:03 PM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]


Definitely need a movie on this love story! Hurray!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:07 PM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]


I read this story in the paper twice in a row on my lunch break the other day because it made me so happy. Squee!
posted by sadmadglad at 4:21 PM on November 20, 2017


[Couple comments deleted. If you begin with "This is awesome but I guess I'll be that guy...", consider keeping it to yourself and just letting people enjoy the nice story without turning it into a fight about your ideas about pregnancy.]
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 4:38 PM on November 20, 2017 [20 favorites]


The kid is cute right up until they pull your shirt over your head and pound on you. Then to make it even worse Gary Bettman fines you for not having your shirt tied down.
posted by srboisvert at 4:39 PM on November 20, 2017 [2 favorites]


I wonder which team she'll end up playing for.... ;)
posted by dancing_angel at 4:46 PM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]


groovy!
posted by vrakatar at 5:01 PM on November 20, 2017


We go see Canadiennes games whenever we can and Julie Chu is my daughter's current #1 hero. I'm so excited to read good things about her and also: CUTE BABY.
posted by 256 at 6:03 PM on November 20, 2017 [3 favorites]


"Their teams played against each other in the final gold medal round of the Olympics three times.
The movie pretty much writes itself."


RIGHT? It's like Shakespeare's #1 plot: Fight fight fight fight --> LURVE.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:25 PM on November 20, 2017 [15 favorites]


I didn't know how much I needed this!
posted by lilies.lilies at 7:55 PM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]


the kid's going to rebel against her parents by being really into field hockey instead.
posted by LegallyBread at 6:26 AM on November 21, 2017 [3 favorites]


Can someone with more knowledge of women's hockey tell me how much they would've lined up against each other during the big matches? It's probably in the articles, or I could look it up, but what positions did/do the two play?
posted by AJaffe at 8:29 AM on November 21, 2017


I was about to say no, because Julie Chu plays defense and Ouellette is a forward on Les Canadiennes, but it turns out Chu also played forward in international play. So it might have happened anywhere from occasionally to many times. Lot of variables, though, depending on whether they were playing on lines that often got paired in shifts, who was playing center, etc.
posted by tavella at 10:07 AM on November 21, 2017 [2 favorites]


They definitely fought for pucks, though!
posted by tavella at 10:51 AM on November 21, 2017 [5 favorites]


Yes no so many set head to heads at faceoffs but routine game play interactions (defence vs forwards) would generally be common.
posted by Mitheral at 11:12 AM on November 21, 2017 [1 favorite]


> "They definitely fought for pucks, though!"

THEY HAD THE SAME JERSEY NUMBER?!!

(*Checks the web*)

Yep. Yep, they did.
posted by kyrademon at 4:08 PM on November 21, 2017 [6 favorites]


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