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A first woman with the Canadiens or in the NHL this year? Very possible


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September 9, 2023  (11:44)
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Manon Rhéaume made history by becoming the first woman to take part in a preparatory game with the Tampa Bay Lightning. It's fair to say that she has been an inspiration to a whole generation of women who love the sport and want to break into it.

However, there has never been a woman in an NHL regular-season game. With the creation of the PWHL, that could now change.
Indeed, teams' backup goalkeepers are generally unqualified for the position, and play at a much lower level than the NHL. All teams in the league must have a backup goalie (EBUG) in their building, in case both of a team's goalies are injured in the same game.
But it's happening more and more frequently, almost every season now, that a team has to finish a game with an EBUG. This year, the women will be in the spotlight.
"The best goalie available, as an EBUG, for the vast majority of NHL teams, will be a woman starting this season."

This is a major statement and makes a lot of sense. Women are already trained to play at a high level and are much more qualified than a zamboni driver playing in a garage league, we agree.
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A first woman with the Canadiens or in the NHL this year? Very possible

Do you think we'll ever see one or more women playing regularly in the NHL?

Yes33737.3 %
No56662.7 %
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