|Sundogs Goalkeeper Scott Reid|
Arizona Sundogs goalkeeper Scott Reid, 35, is a professional hockey player. His bride of six months, Meaghan Mikkelson Reid, 27, is an amateur. But she's a multiple gold-medal winning amateur - including one from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics when Team Canada bested the U.S. for the title. Scott managed to attend that game, he said.
Meaghan also has two straight NCAA Div. I titles playing for the University of Wisconsin, where she earned a degree in business marketing. The second time, she was the NCAA's top scoring defender.
Now she's preparing for the 2012 World Championships with Team Canada. After eight straight wins for Canada over the United States, the U.S. team has won four of the past five championships over Canada, including the past four, and plays host this year. Meaghan's goal after that is the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
How did an interview with Scott Reid turn into a mini-profile on his wife?
Well, he's understandably proud of her accomplishments and obviously smitten with her - both very helpful for a marriage where the partners spend much of their time traveling in opposite directions.
The couple met while Scott was teaching hockey school in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
"She was in it and helping me teach," he said. "It's nice to have a wife that can skate. She tells me she can score on me and I say not a chance, and I say I'm a better forward - but - not a chance. She can skate like the wind."
They spent part of their Christmas vacation in Canada "just having fun" skating on outdoor rinks.
Both have extensive hockey backgrounds, with parents who went above and beyond to ensure their kids could play.
Meaghan's father, Bill, played four seasons in the NHL, while her brother, Brendan, is in the Calgary Flames farm system. (She currently writes the Gold Medal Blog about Canada's World Junior Team at flames.nhl.com.)
Scott learned to skate at age 2, and his dad, Al, later bought a puck machine and spent hours teaching his son with it.
"That way I could get the fundamentals down as quick as possible, so I could get to the technical stuff," Scott said. "To this day, I use it when I want to go back to the fundamentals."
His athletic mother, Bette, played college basketball and curled before she became a hockey and basketball mom. His younger sister, Stacie, is a former college basketball player.
Scott's 11-year pro career has taken him to Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico and Alaska. He even spent time with the European league in Edinburgh, Scotland, between his initial and current stints as a free agent with the Sundogs.
"My parents have never missed a home opener, no matter where I play," he said.
Like most dedicated hockey players, Scott left home in his teens to play Junior Hockey for teams in the United States and his native Canada.
When his last Junior Hockey club went bankrupt, he enrolled for two years at Grant MacEwan College, then transferred to N. Alberta Institute of Technology, where he received a massage therapy degree.
"I enjoy anatomy and physiology," he said.
That knowledge likely helped Scott through three hip surgeries over a 3-year span - "they messed up the first one and had to re-do it." He was only 31 the first time.
"There wasn't any structure damage; I call it maintenance," he said with a laugh.
He explained that a save maneuver called the butterfly is not a natural move for goalies, and hard on the joints.
When not playing hockey, Scott said he enjoys the outdoors.
"I might just relax and go fishing, or be extreme and find some mud and go four-wheeling," he said. "I love the water and have been to several small lakes (in the Prescott area). And golfing. I like it a lot here."
Scott's parents still reside in Grand Prairie, Alb. Sis Stacie is a realtor and new mom to a 6-month-old son. She and her husband, Scott (her brother laughs at that), live in British Columbia, which brother Scott said provides a nice summer getaway for Meaghan and him.
One of the highlights of his career, Scott said, was playing the third period of an NHL exhibition game for the Nashville Predators against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
His European experience was just that - an experience - he said.
"I wasn't going to play that year, but I had an opportunity and took it. Hockey there is a little different, but Edinburgh is a wonderful city. There's so much to see and do; (such as) the queen has a house and a yacht there."
He said he wouldn't change his life experiences.
"A big perk is I've traveled all over the country and met so many people I keep in touch with," he said.
As a hockey player, Scott said his job is to "work hard and leave it out there," because goalkeepers' mistakes are more obvious than those of their teammates.
"If you make a mistake and let the puck in the net, people either cheer or boo, depending on whether you're on the road or at home," he said. "But it makes it fun and challenging.
"You gotta keep that thing in front of you."
Sounds like a pretty good philosophy for life in general.