For What It’s Worth’s opinion is that not only is hockey a Canadian Sport, but us Canadians make the best hockey players like the great one, Gretzky and Rocket Rochere, but the fact that we created a great woman hockey player too blows my mind.
A 20 year old French Canadian Woman by the name Manon Rhéaume from Quebec, Canada, became the first woman to play professional hockey in September 1992 in the NHL (National Hockey League). She played for the Tampa Bay Lightning as a goalie, Letting 2 in and 7 saves during the first period of an exhibition game. She then later signed Tampa Bay for a 3 year contract with the clubs minor League, the Atlanta Knights.
For More Information:
- Manon Rhéaume – Wikipedia
Manon Rhéaume (born February 24, 1972) is a retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender. An Olympic silver medalist, she achieved a number of historic firsts during her career.
- Manon Rheaume, first female NHL goalie, subject of film | SI.com
Manon Rheaume’s worst nightmare has come true. Her son is a goaltender. Just like she was. She loves the position. Loved being at the center of it all, the game resting on her shoulders. But she hates that her son is a goalie. Even worse? He’s really good. Just like his mom.
- After Manon Rheaume, why didn’t more female hockey players play
Former hockey goalie Manon Rheaume and SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn explain what Rheaume’s time with the Tampa Bay Lightning meant to Cohn and other women.
- Manon Rheaume Remains an Inspiration to Female Hockey Players
Manon Rheaume’s place in history as the first and only woman to play in an NHL game will forever be solidified. She still feels people never talked about the training camp she had with the Tampa Bay Lightning correctly, though.
- Manon Rheaume becomes the first woman to play in IHL – YouTube
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