Newest Washington Capitals forward Dylan Strome has seen a lot of big life changes this past summer, and on Thursday, he rang in another milestone.
In front of 170 guests, including former Chicago Blackhawks teammates Kirby Dach, Andrew Shaw and other NHLers, Strome tied the knot with long-time fiancée Tayler McMahon.
Strome shared more on his wedding, fatherhood and transition to Washington in a recent interview with NHLPA.com.
“It was a couple of days ago when I thought, ‘I’m only 25, and I’ve got a lot going on in my life,'” Strome told NHLPA. “This summer, the wedding, goalie to a new team… definitely a lot going on and a different offseason than I’ve ever had. But, in saying that, it’s all good things, and I really couldn’t be happier.”
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Following a strong 2021-22 campaign in Chicago that saw him dish a career-high 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 69 games, Strome surprisingly hit the free agent market after not receiving a qualifying offer from the Blackhawks. He ultimately signed with the Capitals on day two, inking a one-year, $3.5 million contract. Strome will help fill Nicklas Backstrom’s void on the top-6 and also help bolster the power play and secondary scoring.
“It was a process I never really expected to go through this early,” Strome said. “I kind of found out on Thursday or Friday that the Blackhawks weren’t going to be giving me a qualifying offer so your mind quickly switches to what’s gonna happen next and where might you end up. And at the time, there were 31 other teams where I could have gone to or wanted me, I guess I should say. It was a crazy couple of days… I’m very excited and very fortunate that a team like Washington reached out and I couldn’t be happier to get started.”
Off the ice, Strome is busy with his 16-month-old daughter, Weslie, and his new puppy, Benny. He also carries with him the memory of his dog, Wrigley, who passed away recently at the age of two after post-operative complications.
Strome said that the Capitals sent him a jersey for Weslie and that he’s enjoying fatherhood as “she’s up on her feet and flying around.”
“It has No. 17 with ‘DADDY’ on the back. That was nice of them to do,” Strome said to NHLPA. “We’re really having a lot of fun together as a family and watching Weslie doing new things almost every day.”
Strome also offered advice for dog owners, especially after losing Wrigley so early. He and Tayler also paid tribute to him by placing a plaque next to a tree where he used to sit and where the two got engaged in Oakville, Ontario.
“He was so loving and loved people,” Strome told NHLPA. “I would tell people who reached out, ‘Give your dog a big hug and tell them that you love them every day.'”
Strome also said in the NHLPA interview that he rented a house down in the D.C. area, and he is looking forward to the first game at Capital One Arena on Oct. 12 against the Boston Bruins.