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Rhéaume returns to NHL for 2022 All-Star Skills Compeition

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Rhéaume returns to NHL for 2022 All-Star Skills Compeition

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Feb 02
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Manon Rhéaume, who in 1992 became the first female hockey player to play in the NHL, is set to return to the ice and, along with three other “special guests,” participate in the NHL All-Star Skills competition.

The All-Star game will be played at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, home of the Golden Knights, on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. It is scheduled to be shown on ABC and ESPN+. The Skills Competition will be held on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Rhéaume played goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightening in a preseason game on Sept. 23, 1992, to become the first, and still only, woman to play in the NHL. In the game, the Lac-Beauport, Quebec native, made seven saves on nine shots against the Blues.

Retired since 2009, she will be the celebrity goaltender in the breakaway challenge in Las Vegas on Friday.

On NHL’s official Twitter account, it was said that the 2022 NHL All-Star Skill Competition will bring four special guests, to participate. Along with Rhéaume, will be professional ice hockey center Trevor Zegras, actor and former hockey player Wyatt Russell, and former American ice hockey player Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson.

Rhéaume, who currently works on Detroit Red Wings telecasts for Bally Sports Detroit expressed her excitement upon her return to the sport.

“Obviously, I don’t expect to be stopping everything and things like this, but I’m going to have a lot of fun and those guys are amazing,” she said on Tuesday. “I’m sure they’re going to come up with all kind of crazy breakaway things. It’s good for the game, for the NHL to showcase how great they are and I’m going to hope the puck touches me at some point.”

Along with playing goaltender for the Tampa Bay Lightening, Rhéaume is also known as an Olympic silver medalist playing on the Canadian Olympic team in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano. She has also achieved a number of historic firsts during her career, including becoming the first woman to play in any of the major North American pro sports leagues.

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