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Dustin Penner probably wants to forget this season ever happened

Feb 29, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

Penner Welch

Here’s the latest from Dustin Penner‘s awful 2011-12 campaign, courtesy TMZ:

 L.A. Kings goal scorer Dustin Penner’s aspiring actress wife has filed for divorce … and TMZ has learned it’s her SECOND failed marriage to a pro hockey player.

Her name’s Jessica Welch — don’t bother looking up her IMDb profile — and she was married to former NHL star Richard Zednik from 2005-2009 … the guy who accidentally got his throat slit with a skate in 2008. The couple had one daughter together.

Two years later in 2011, Jessica married Dustin — who won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

Now, Jessica has filed for divorce AGAIN in L.A. County Superior Court — citing “irreconcilable differences.” Dustin and Jessica have no children together.

Penner, as you may recall, famously injured his back while leaning over “to dip into some delicious pancakes that my wife made.” That led to a series of memes, including the Kings’ Pancakes with Penner promotion at a California-based IHOP.

Flapjacks proved to be one of the few light moments from Penner’s dour campaign. In the final season of a deal that pays $4.25 million annually, he’s having one of the worst “playing for a contract” efforts ever with just five goals in 57 games, repeatedly drawing the ire of Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

“[Penner] better step up to the plate. It’s very simple,” Sutter said earlier this month, explaining why Penner was a healthy scratch. “He went out of the lineup because he was horse [expletive], so he’d better step up to the plate or he might not get another look.”

By the way, I looked up Welch’s IMDB page despite TMZ telling me not to. So glad I did. She’s starred in such movies as Cheech (Tagline: “There’s no sympathy for a pimp”) and Bonnano: A Godfather’s Story — featuring Martin Landau, Costas Mandylor and Edward James Olmos!

(Picture courtesy The Big Lead.)

  1. drewsylvania - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Helps explain his bad year on the ice.

  2. govtminion - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    It’s not fair to judge someone by their looks, but she has that look that says she’s not very good at chewing gum and walking at the same time, doesn’t she?

    • drewsylvania - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      Yeah…but with those looks, would you care?

    • sportsfreak13 - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Haha also the whole pancake story is probs bogus after looking at that picture of her. Syrup might of been involved though so that makes it a half lie. One word for her next husband PRENUP!

      • dcfan4life - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        There are instant pancakes that 8 year olds can make. So maybe the kid made them…

  3. t16rich - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Apparantly her and Kobe’s wife are having an affair.

    • hockinj25 - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      that’s hot

  4. hank10 - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Hmm…Zednik’s NHL contract ended in 2009, then he went to play in Russia. Penner’s deal is done this year, and it looks like slim pickin’s next season. She divorces Zed when his deal is done, and now its au revoir to Penner. I don’t see a pattern here at all.

    • govtminion - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Is Scott Gomez married? Don’t answer the phone, Scott!!!

  5. gaborik104life - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I was crying because of laughing when pancakes injured an nhl player. But now I am just crying for this guy. This is flat out sad. So sad this face =( does no justice.

    • gaborik104life - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Anyone interested in a gold digger who knows her husband’s pay day is going to decrease and is bouncing?

  6. emperorzero - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Another healthy scratch for Penner.

  7. pepper2011 - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Damn, Jeff Carter doesn’t waste any time!

    • gaborik104life - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Hilarious. That is all.

  8. aklolzer - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Ha, TMZ described him as “goal scorer Dustin Penner”!!

  9. greej1938l - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    She looks gorgeous!! Make it work!

  10. yarguy - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Is that the right Jessica Welch? Isn’t she a French-Canadian actress?

  11. chiadam - Feb 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    She’s the Kim Kardashian of the NHL, only somehow more obscure. But at least she doesn’t have a man-horse face (Sorry, Kim).

    • buffalodave10 - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Elsiha Cuthbert holds that honor long before Welch.

      • govtminion - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        *Sean Avery approves of this message*

    • eastcoastcynic - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      If she were the KK of the NHL, she would have hooked up with Anson Carter or George Laraque.

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