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Who is Ashley Callingbull's husband? SI Swimsuit model married her 'best friend'

Bruno Cooke May 16, 2022
Who is Ashley Callingbull's husband? SI Swimsuit model married her 'best friend'
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Ashley Callingbull, from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta, Canada is the first Indigenous First Nations woman to appear in an issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit – who is her husband Wacey Rabbit, and how long have they been together?

Meet Ashley Callingbull’s husband Wacey Rabbit

Wacey Rabbit is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. He played in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 2001, the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2006, and later in the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League). 

Born 16 November 1986, he’s currently 35 years old – three years older than his wife Ashley Callingbull.

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Rabbit currently coaches the Port Alberni Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He announced his retirement from professional hockey on 26 August 2021, after 15 professional seasons in the sport.

His awards and honours include a WHL Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy (for the 2005-06 season), as well as a CHL Memorial Cup (2006-07).

Wacey won the former for his humanitarian work. In November 2020, Canada’s Dub Network hailed him as “a leader on and off the ice”. He is named after Wacey Cathey, a famous cowboy and rodeo star, and Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee.

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He’s spoken openly about racism in the sport, and his own sobriety

In June 2020, The Athletic published a story about “the Indigenous experience in hockey”. It quotes Wacey Rabbit, whom it cites as a “member of the Blackfoot nation from the Blood Reserve in Alberta”.

“We’re not taking away anything from the Black Lives Matter movement,” he said. He was 33 at the time. “But what I felt was that we’re all going through this together. And I think for Canada to acknowledge that; there is racism still very alive and well.”

Meanwhile, Rabbit also posts about his sobriety to his Twitter followers. “One day at a time”, he wrote on 21 April 2022. He shared a badge bearing the words, “2 years clean and sober”.

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How long have Wacey Rabbit and Ashley Callingbull been married?

Ashley Callingbull posted to her Instagram followers on 14 September 2021 saying that she had married her “best friend yesterday”. They will therefore celebrate their first anniversary later this year.

They are both members of First Nation tribes. Wacey Rabbit is of the Blood Tribe, or Kainai, according to First Nation Athletics.

Ashley is from the Enoch Cree Nation, in the province of Alberta. Per her official bio, she “takes pride in her Native Cree heritage”, and has represented her nation in international pageants in China, Europe and Barbados.

They have no children, at of time of writing.

Ashley is the first Indigenous woman to feature in an issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. The first swimsuit issue came out in 1964.

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Fox News interviewed her ahead of the feature. She said receiving the call made her “so happy that I couldn’t go back to sleep”.

“I was crying. I rolled over and hugged my husband.”

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.