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Rachel Linke : Sam Gagner’s Wife

Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL, Sam Gagner’s wife is the beautiful Rachel Linke.


About Sam Gagner

Sam was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. There he played for the first seven years of his NHL career. Later he also played one season for the Arizona Coyotes and another with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Taking a peek into his personal life, Sam lived in a house provided by Oilers captain Ethan Moreau. His teammates Andrew Cogliano and Tom Gilbert also used to live with him. Later in 2009, Gilbert bought his own house while Gagner and Cogliano each got apartments in Edmonton in the same complex.

Sam was born to Dave Gagner, who is also a former NHL player. Dave spent 15 seasons with New York, Minnesota, Dallas, Calgary, Toronto, Florida and Vancouver. Sam grew up in Minneapolis, Dallas, Toronto, Calgary, Miami, Vancouver and Oakville, Ontario, all because of his dad’s career. He has got one sister, Jessica Gagner, who currently plays hockey for the Dartmouth Big Green women’s ice hockey program. Well that’s a complete sports family!


Getting to know Rachel

Well first of all lets address Rachel as Dr. Rachel Linke. Yes, Rachel, who is now 28 is a second year medical resident.

It was luck which made it possible for Rachel and Sam to meet. When they first met, Rachel didn’t even know who Sam was. She says that she was also a bookworm kind of a person and had no interest in hockey. They had a good time together about which Rachel says, “Sam made me laugh right away, and I loved that he was so determined and motivated — I find that very attractive.

Rachel was in the medical school at that time while Sam was playing in NHL, but the couple always stayed in touch.


The Couple

Rachel and Gagner dated for a long time before marrying. But they always knew that they were meant to spend their lives with other. They tied the wedding knot on July 12, 2014, in Muskoka, Ontario.

They had an extremely extravagant marriage and was themed in the Great Gatsby way. The wedding ceremony took place at Trinity United Church. It was followed by a reception at the Taboo Muskoka Resort.

Sam and Rachel have one child, a son, whom they named Cooper William Gagner. But they say that they want to have a big family. Rachel says that she would love to have her own practice in future. We hope that both her dreams come true!

Currently she has a very busy lifestyle and every four days, she works a 24-hour shift where she might get one or two hours of sleep. But at the end of the day they spends some time with her love Sam. “We get to sleep in the same bed and wake up together. It’s the little things like that that make our relationship feel a bit more normal”, Rachel says.

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