Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Goaltender Rheaume Called a Pioneer for Helping to Grow Women's Hockey

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Goaltender Rheaume Called a Pioneer for Helping to Grow Women's Hockey

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Rheaume lauded for growing women's hockey

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MONTREAL - Players and coaches are well aware of Manon Rheaume's contribution to women's hockey.

When the goaltender suited up for the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game in 1991, it brought recognition to the women's game, which has continued to grow ever since.

"It was a very important moment in women's hockey history, a very positive moment, even if a lot of people said it was a marketing stunt at the time," said Daniele Sauvageau, who coached the Canadian women's team to gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics. "It opened a door that can never be closed again.

"To me, she was an ambassador. She opened doors, got people talking about what she was doing. Without that, we wouldn't have what we have today. Manon Rheaume's name is known all over the women's hockey world."

Sauvageau said the 25th anniversary of Rheaume's first action in a men's junior hockey game on Nov. 26 will be a chance to pay tribute to her contributions to her sport and put women's hockey in the spotlight. …

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