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NHL Star Dustin Penner

I Need to Settle My Divorce

FOR THE SAKE OF MY HOCKEY CAREER!

9/16/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Anaheim Ducks star Dustin Penner begged a judge to sign off on his divorce from his hot actress wife ASAP ... claiming the legal war is messing with his head and distracting him from playing like the kind of guy who deserves a FAT contract, TMZ has learned.

We broke the story, Penner -- who killed it for the L.A. Kings during their Stanley Cup run back in 2012 -- was hit with divorce papers from Jessica Welch last year.  She's an actress who once appeared in an episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark."

After splitting in February '12, Penner and Welch banged out a settlement agreement and submitted it to the court -- but the case dragged on for more than a year.

So last month, Penner submitted a plea to the judge ... begging him to sign off on the divorce as soon as possible because the stress from the split could affect his game ... which could ultimately affect his wallet.

In the court docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Penner writes ... "I am 30 years old. It is important for me psychologically to enter the upcoming season with this dissolution finally behind me so I can try to secure a multi-year contract."

He adds, "Training camp starts September 21st and I would like to have this matter completed before then."

Penner's wish was finally granted on September 9th -- so if he has a crappy season with the Ducks this year, he's all out of excuses.

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Blah_Blah_Blah    

Hey idiots, he's been on the Kings for a while now. Just happens he won a Stanley Cup with the Kings season before last.

216 days ago
2.

en Todo Momento!!    

hey, i'll take her. i got my bed all warmed up already for that hot piece of asz. xD doin it and doin it and doin it wellll.

216 days ago
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JiLL1    

For once the woman did the dumping

216 days ago
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Jamey Hunter    

This divorce has been pending for a long time. I don't really know what the hold up is. I believe she has a child, but they have no children in common. Dustin, here's some unsolicited advice for next time: Find a 'normal' girl not a pseudo, wannabe 'actress' or 'model'. Maybe then you'll have a normal life instead of dealing with a gold digger.

216 days ago
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Sara Jo Camel Toe    

TMZ Sports Sucks.

216 days ago
6.

lilly    

she is super gorgeous she should get back to her career as model http://fabwags.com/jessica-welch-anaheim-ducks-star-dustin-penners-wife/

215 days ago
7.

HelloDerps    

Training camp starts a week after preseason? kinda ass backwards, no?

215 days ago
8.

amazinglybored    

No pancake jokes? I'm disappointed, commenters. The question is does Penner not know when training camp is or did TMZ put it wrong?

215 days ago
9.

Enforcer    

Can you just leave Penz alone? Especially when it comes to that puck bunny. Also, if he has a crappy season with the Ducks... its because its the Ducks.

215 days ago
10.

Tom    

Meanwhile he ruined his mistress's life and left her psychologically ****ed up over years of lies .. Then he had all his fans harassing her on twitter calling her his stalker. When he, his wife and the NHL all knew that wasnt the truth at all and what was really going on. I believe she had several police complaints against him because everytime they got in an argument he'd have people he knew harass her on social media sites ruining the girls reputation. So Penns what about the 3rd party in this who's life and reputation you've ruined to cover up all your secrets? Probably the most normal girl he ever dated and he ruined her mentally!

215 days ago
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Tom    

Meanwhile he ruined his mistress's life and left her psychologically ****ed up .. He had all his fans harassing her on twitter calling her his stalker. When he, his wife and the NHL all knew that wasnt the truth at all and what was really going on. I believe she had several police complaints against him because everytime they got in an argument he'd have people he knew harass her on social media sites ruining the girls reputation. So Penns what about the 3rd party in this who's life and reputation you've ruined to cover up all your secrets? Probably the most normal girl he ever dated and he ruined her mentally!

215 days ago

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