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Gold medal goalie Shannon Szabados signs with men’s pro team

Mar 8, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT

Canadian Olympic women's team goalie Shannon Szabados practices with the Edmonton Oilers NHL hockey team in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson) AP

After leading Team Canada to a gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics, goalie Shannon Szabados is looking to continue her hockey career with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Szabados, who will become the first woman to play in the league, had a 0.96 GAA and .954 save percentage for Canada in the Olympics and played in the gold medal game against the United States.

“I am very excited to get a world-class athlete that has competed and has faced high-pressured situations,” Columbus coach Jerome Bechard said, per the “Shannon has won at every level she has played, in women’s hockey or men’s hockey.”

Szabados, 27, has excelled in other men’s leagues and actually played with three members of the Cottonmouths last season when she led the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology to a championship. She was also the first woman to play in the Western Hockey League when she appeared in a game with the Tri-City Americans in 2002-03.

When the Edmonton Oilers were recently short a goaltender because they had traded away Ilya Bryzgalov and Viktor Fasth hadn’t arrived, they asked Szabados to practice with them.

“Maybe (we took it easy) the first couple of shots, then you find out that she’s good enough to handle it,” Oilers forward Taylor Hall told the Edmonton Sun. “She was good. She’s obviously not as big as some of the NHL goalies are now, but she can move around the net really well.

“She surprised me with a few of the saves she made. She easily held her own, it was fun to watch.”

  1. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    The Cottonmouths?! LMFAO! What is their mascot, a giant doobie?
    Now excuse while I go re-up my cottonmouth.

    • jhaegs - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      It’s a snake, you pothead.

      • xbrightxredxbloodx - Mar 8, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        Every party needs a pooper, that’s why they invited you. Party pooper… Party pooper…

      • strictlythedanks - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        every parade needs a raincloud

  2. barkar942 - Mar 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Gold medal goalie Shannon Szabados signs with men’s pro team
    Ryan Dadoun

    “He had a 0.96 GAA and .954 save percentage in the Olympics.”

    HE had? Is there something you know about Shannon that no one else does?

    • jpelle82 - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      bet the whole team in columbus will soon find out… wonder how quickly she makes the rounds and tears that locker room apart.

      • micasa81 - Mar 9, 2014 at 4:10 AM

        Holy crap, what a dumb comment.

  3. 950003cups - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    One slapshot from a mediocre player in the NHL, and we’ll see just how far Columbus wants to go with this publicity stunt. She’ll get lit up more than Rob Ford’s crack pipe.

    • skr213 - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      The NHL? You might want to actually read the article.

  4. 19inarow - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Go for it, Shannon!

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    • imgoingtowichita - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:21 PM


  6. hockeyornothing - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Hey 950003cups. I’m certain you could do better. At least she’s making money doing something she loves.

  7. tfilarski - Mar 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    doesn’t anyone remember julie the cat gaffney?

    • barkar942 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Or Manon Rheaume?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        Some of us older farts still remember trailblazer Abigail Hoffman, who had to cut her hair and pretend to be a boy to play in Toronto in the 1950s.

    • boukengreen - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      gunner fancy. he’ll go glove

  8. favrewillplay4ever - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Mmmmm… Manon Rheaume. I’m glad she didn’t make it.. Would have been a travesty to see her missing teeth.

  9. 127taringa - Mar 9, 2014 at 9:01 AM


  10. hockeyornothing - Mar 9, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I hope she proves all of the naysayers/gimmickers/publicity move guys wrong.
    Edmonton could have gotten any guy to fill in at practice but did they? Gee wonder why that was.

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