Manon Rheaume became the first woman ever to play in an NHL game.
What bothers me about this is that headline, and the fact that it was nothing more than a publicity stunt by Phil Esposito to draw attention to the new (at the time) team in Tampa. Anyone who believes that a woman can play in the NHL has rocks in his or her head.
Rheaume had created a buzz earlier as the first woman ever to play in a major junior A league game. I may have this wrong here as this was long ago, but I think she was actually playing for a junior C team in Quebec when the local QMJHL team needed an emergency backup goalie. Assuming the backup wasn't going to play, they took her rather than pull a goalie off the local Jr. B team. Then the starting goalie got hurt and they had no choice but to put her in.
I don't think she ever played another game in the QMJHL before Espo's huckster/showman side got the better of him.
Has anyone else ever heard that side of the story? Again I can't say it's 100 percent accurate.
Apparently she played in 24 minor league games over 5 years-for SEVEN different teams.
IMO- she was never more than a sideshow, but that gets lost over time.
I still have her hockey cards. Are they worth anything?
I agree 100%. She had absolutely no business being in the league. As you said, the only reason she was there was for reasons that had nothing to do with hockey abilities (or lack thereof). What's really a shame is that we're stuck talking about trivial nonsense like this instead of talking about the Rangers and the upcoming season. END THE LOCKOUT ALREADY AND LET'S PLAY SOME DAMN HOCKEY!!!!
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No jokes about Crosby??
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