It was only just yesterday that we reported the sad news that Kyle Wellwood’s contract with the KHL’s Atlant Moscow Oblant had been terminated. Word was that the club was unhappy with his performance and they had therefore decided to end the relationship.

But it turns out that’s not all to the story, as Wellwood had his own reasons for wanting out of the contract: his wife, Bianca, is pregnant. From Atlant’s website, (and then crudely translated by Google:)


Reason that prompted him to return [...] pregnant wife. Bianca, Franco-Canadian, is expecting a baby [in] four months. Kyle and Bianca lived in the town of Windsor. This is in Ontario, Canada – across the river from the American city of Detroit.


That certainly explains a lot. It might even explain why the characteristically checked-out Wellwood seemed to be playing even more lackadaisical than usual: he was homesick, and with good cause. Later in the interview, Wellwood admits, “
It’s hard to leave [my] wife in such important days without my attention.

In previous interviews, Wellwood briefly touched on having a girlfriend back home, and at times, we got the sense he felt very alone in Russia. These interviews mentioned about a girlfriend, not a wife, so either we were duped by a translation, or Kyle was recently married during a trip home (perhaps propelled by certain unexpected circumstances). We’re not sure.

Either way, this is an exciting time for Kyle and Bianca, and it seems perfectly understandable for Kyle to want to be with her now.

The article also makes it seem like the split with Atlant was much more amicable than we were originally led to believe.


We can say only the kind words about staying Vellvud in our club, “said CEO of Atlanta Andrew Ropes. “We are grateful to him for his speech, his goals and hard work. And on behalf of all of our fans wish Kyle a successful career in the future.”

And where will Kyle go next? It’s possible an NHL team picks him up for the stretch drive, but more than likely, the Wellwood family will find a home in Europe. Ever the pacifist, Kyle admits a preference for Switzerland, and remains steadfast in his belief he’s not cut out for the AHL.

“I will continue his career this season? Yes, I plan. But in the NHL right now I have no one to sign and play in the AHL is not interesting to me, can not feed [my] family. Possible, take Bianca and again return to Europe – move into the Alps Swiss mountain air will benefit [my] wife …”

From where I’m sitting, an AHL salary would more than feed my children, but my kids won’t be Wellwoods. Genetics indicate Welly’s kid will likely cost a pretty penny to keep fed.

We at PITB wish Kyle nothing but the best going forward, and we’ll continue to report whenever his wild and wonderful world drops news bombs like this one.

Many thanks to Irene, as usual, for the Wellwood tip.

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11 comments

  1. Qris Johnson
    January 6, 2011

    If the Canuck players have any decency whatsoever they'll go out to injure as many NHL centers as possible until a team is forced to sign their former teammate.

    I know that if Bieksa were looking for a team to sign with, Welly would eat as many defensemen as it took to get him a job.

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  2. marpolejoel
    January 6, 2011

    @passittobulis aanndd I just wasted 30 min on a witty reply re: Windsor/Detroit; #&InOtherNews hook him up with DT

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  3. Erik
    January 6, 2011

    Surely it was more of a happy ending?

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  4. J21
    January 6, 2011

    Take it from a former Swiss resident — the country may be neutral, but they ain't no pacifists. It's one of the most heavily militarized countries in Europe, and they have all sorts of crazy emergency procedures for the outbreak of conflict on their borders.

    I love the translations of "Atlanta" and "Andrew Ropes," by the way.

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  5. Anonymous
    January 6, 2011

    18 years from now Lyle Wellwood gets drafted, ushers in a new age of goofiness and silly dangles.

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  6. Anonymous
    January 6, 2011

    In the pic we see that Welly even tried to make a custom Canucks jersey with the team name written in Russian. Either that, or he got it on eBay.

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  7. Harrison Mooney
    January 6, 2011

    Yeah, I flipped it around to cover up Elmo. It was a pretty half-assed photoshop.

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  8. Anonymous
    January 6, 2011

    "From where I'm sitting, an AHL salary would more than feed my children, but my kids won't be Wellwoods. Genetics indicate Welly's kid will likely cost a pretty penny to keep fed."

    LMAO oh you guys are just the best

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  9. Anonymous
    January 8, 2011

    Going to Sweden?
    http://northpower.nu/wordpress/?p=877

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  10. Anonymous
    January 8, 2011

    His swedish agent Peter Wallén sais that Sweden is interested in Kyle and that Kyle is interested in Sweden.

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  11. Anonymous
    February 2, 2011

    His wife lived in Russia with him and she is pregnant

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