Their shared career pushed them to learn how best to support and communicate with each other. "We learned our lessons as a couple on and off the ice each year that we've been together," Alexa told The Chicago Tribune.
Chris agreed, saying that when they have opposing opinions on the ice, they have to work out their disagreements right then and there — because they can't just argue, walk away to cool off, and then reconvene to resolve the issue. Because of this, they've had to learn how to communicate well with each other, which also involves avoiding pushing each other's buttons.
"If one of us is upset after a mistake, instead of saying, 'Can you have a better attitude?' or 'Can you not react so negatively?' we've learned go about it a different way. … It's like, 'What can I do to help you?' Or you just lend a supportive hand," Alexa explained.
Chris echoed this sentiment, saying that their connection is so strong that each one knows exactly what the other person needs in any given moment. "There are no more issues as far as arguments or things like that," he said. "It was work, but just like any relationship, there's always work to be done at the beginning. Then you find your stride as a couple."