Capitals' wives and girlfriends support each other and stay out of the limelight

By Lonnae O'Neal Parker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's hard to miss the young women at their typical coffee spot just inside the Sport and Health Club in Ballston.

They're striking, yes!

But, in a regular kind of way.

It's not just their looks, although even sans makeup, post-exercise with their hair pulled back, each is lovely. But it's also the fact that there are usually at least five of them. And that they are loud, and laughing and bragging about how their workouts are more hard-core than their husbands'.

Rachel Fehr, 24, is there Tuesday, dishing about the latest episode of the VH1 reality series "Basketball Wives," about the glamazons of the NBA.

"They are in a completely different league," Fehr says. Absolutely true, the others nod.

"Don't they go on the road?" asks Angela Corvo, 31.

Not sure, but "they do everything high-end," Fehr says. "And they have paparazzi."

Several of the women's hands shoot to their faces, pretending to block imaginary photographers.

"That is sooo not us," Fehr says, a nearby newspaper photographer notwithstanding.

And the wives (and one girlfriend) of the Washington Capitals -- the team with the best regular-season record in the National Hockey League, who play a do-or-die playoff game in their best-of-seven series with the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night -- say that suits them fine. (For the record, the Nationals' wives last year said they were really regular, too, but, the Nationals lost all over the place. Just sayin'.)

Some pro-athletes' wives, especially on high-profile teams, court fame. They write books, drip diamonds and camera crews, and tabloid reporters hang on their exploits. Fehr, who is married to Caps forward Eric Fehr, is a home health-care nurse. Aimee Laing, 29, wife of forward Quintin Laing, drives a Hyundai Santa Fe.

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