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Capitals star Brooks Laich spotted with rumored new girlfriend Julianne Hough (photos)

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As many of his NHL-playing colleagues are toiling for their respective countries in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Washington Capitals star Brooks Laich is maximizing the free time afforded him during the league’s Olympic break to hang out with the purported new love in his life, actress-dancer-singer Julianne Hough.

Photos of the couple were snapped during a Sunday stroll where the two held hands while taking two little dogs for a walk.

Laich, 30, has never made waves with his dating life but the budding new romance is sure to attract some attention. Hough, 25, who split with previous longtime beau Ryan Seacrest last May, is best known for being a two-time pro champion on “Dancing with the Stars,” fame which she segued into a budding acting career, most notably starring in the remake of “Footloose.”

Brooks Laich, meanwhile, now will be best known — save for NHL fans — for being the “Hockey-Playing Boyfriend of Julianne Hough.” Could be worse.

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The two lovebirds both took to social media on Valentine’s Day to post what has to be very strong indications that both are in the intoxicating throes of a budding romance.

More photos — including the couple grocery shopping at a Bristol Farms (hey! avocados!) and full report about what the two were wearing and other worthwhile stuff can be read at Mail Online.

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