Per­sis­tence, a pro­posal and two pups later apron he re­quested I buy for him. Af­ter­wards I made him put his clothes back on, and we watched Sin­is­ter and were scared to death for the rest of the night.

The love story be­hind Leafs player Daniel Winnik and Hockey Wives star Tay­lor Winnik

Richmond Hill Post - - LIFE - by Nikki Gill

En­ter­ing his sec­ond sea­son with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Daniel Winnik and his wife Tay­lor are set­tling into their T.O. home in Trin­ity Bell­woods. As he hits the ice, Tay­lor is pre­par­ing for her tele­vi­sion de­but on the sec­ond sea­son of W Net­work’s Hockey Wives, which pre­miered Oct. 28.

How they met

We met through a mu­tual friend on the San Jose Sharks af­ter Dan got traded there from Colorado. I was dat­ing some­one at the time, and Dan was very per­sis­tent in a lo­cal bar. As a group we went back to my friend’s house to hang out, and we all watched the Lion King. Dan was more fo­cused on try­ing to get my num­ber though. I sent him home with noth­ing, but he man­aged to find me on Twit­ter. I would hear from him ev­ery two or so weeks from there on out.

The first date

Al­most an en­tire year af­ter the first night we met, he cooked din­ner for me at my house when he was vis­it­ing for an Ana­heim vs. Sharks game in San Jose. He thought it would be funny to strip down naked and cook for me in an in­cred­i­bly fem­i­nine

The courtship

We spent a lot of time on the beach to­gether be­cause he was play­ing in Ana­heim. It was re­ally beau­ti­ful and ro­man­tic. Once the sea­son was over, we went on our first va­ca­tion to Lake Ta­hoe and spent the en­tire time ad­ven­tur­ing to­gether. I’ve never laughed more in my life.

The pro­posal

Dan came and sur­prised me in Ta­hoe with what I thought was a “Christ­mas sur­prise,” but af­ter all the ini­tial ex­cite­ment of just see­ing him, he got down on one knee. It had been snow­ing all day, and right as he asked me, it turned to rain. He had our song play­ing over the speaker while my fam­ily watched from the door­way. Ev­ery­one was in tears.

The wed­ding

We were mar­ried on July 25 of this last sum­mer in Napa Val­ley. The prop­erty we chose as the wed­ding lo­ca­tion was a pri­vate hill­side es­tate over­look­ing the val­ley. The next day af­ter our wed­ding, we hopped on a plane to the Mal­dives and spent nine days on a pri­vate is­land re­sort in a wa­ter villa.

The kids

Our chil­dren are our bull­dogs, Mario and Sonny. Mario is al­most three and Sonny is just over a year.

Their lives now

Our lives are rel­a­tively the same, ex­cept we don’t get to live in Cal­i­for­nia year round any longer. Toronto is our home for eight to nine months of the year, and San Fran­cisco dur­ing the off-sea­son. Our most com­mon in­ter­est (be­sides our pups) is the lust for travel. We spend a lot of time de­cid­ing what parts of the world we want to see to­gether. So far we’ve been to Brazil, Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic, Costa Rica, Dubai and the Mal­dives.

Se­cret to suc­cess

We make each other laugh a lot. I con­sider Dan my best friend and he re­ally un­der­stands me as a per­son. We al­ways man­age to have great com­mu­ni­ca­tion and work through any and all is­sues to­gether. In al­most ev­ery way imag­in­able we com­ple­ment each other.

Daniel and Tay­lor Winnik while on va­ca­tion in Costa Rica, and (in­set) on a trip to the CN Tower

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