Just 20 years old at the time, Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game when she appeared in an exhibition game for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues on September 23, 1992. She became an icon all around the world for women who had dreamed of playing in an NHL game with the guys.
Rhéaume was the goaltender for the Canadian’s women’s hockey team. She dressed out for a pre-season game against the St Louis Blues and made the cut. She then tried out to play for the St. Louis Bruins in 1993 and appeared in yet another NHL game. She is a two-time gold medalist in the IHF women’s championship and a silver Olympic medalist.
She is now a huge figurehead in the world of female athletics and for young women and girls to look up to for advice and motivation in the world of hockey and sports in general. Rhéaume never imagined making such an impact in the world of hockey as she did when she laced up her skates to play on the ice on September 23 for that historic game.