It’s not so unusual for an NHL team to occasionally have a guest goaltender in net for practice, even for a few minutes. But the Edmonton Oilers had a very special guest Wednesday, none other than Canadian Olympic gold-medalist Shannon Szabados.
Szabados got the opportunity to face NHL players after the Oilers’ newly-acquired goaltender, Viktor Fasth, was traveling to join his teammates. Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins knew ahead of time Fasth wouldn’t arrive on time for practice, so he asked Szabados to suit up.
“I’m on Cloud 9 right now,” Szabados told reporters in Edmonton. “It’s been an amazing couple of weeks and I’m enjoying every single moment of this.”
As for the competition?
“The guys were good about it,” she said of her practice partners. “They were chirping me and I was giving it right back to them.”
There has only been one women to play in net in the NHL, Manon Rheaume, who played a pre-season game for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992.