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MANON RHÉAUME, FIRST FEMALE HOCKEY PLAYER TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 

On Sept. 23, 1992, Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to play in any of the major professional North American sports leagues when she appeared for a period in an exhibition game for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. Leading the Lightning onto the ice in the franchise’s first home game against a veteran-laden Blues squad, Rhéaume stopped seven of nine shots and left the game after one period with the score tied 2-2. 

Though Rhéaume would never see another minute of NHL action – and despite the fact she was brought in largely as a publicity stunt – her presence at Lightning training camp in 1992 provided a massive boost to women’s hockey and inspired a generation of girls to pick up the sport, a growth that has continued unabated for the past 20 years. ”

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Because of this team, I live for the hockey. I love my hockey team, I love the guys hard work, resilience and commitment. Tampa Bay Lightning is my family. Thank you, Bolts!