Manon Rheaume : The First Lady of Hockey
On September 23, 1992, goaltender Manon Rhéaume became the first and only woman to play in an NHL exhibition game as she suited up for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Needless to say, she didn’t last in the NHL, but she did win an Olympic silver medal in 1998, and won gold medals at the 1992 and 1994 World Hockey Championship with Canada’s Womens Team.
That’s all well and good, but more importantly, she’s kinda cute, and that’s why she got so much attention back in the day. Don’t believe me? Name one other woman in Indy Racing besides Danica Patrick. There were a bunch – they just weren’t as hot and didn’t get nearly the same amount of attention.
Regardless, let’s look back 18 years and admire this beautiful woman who happens to be a hockey player.