Shannon Szabados is one of the reasons why America got its heart broke back in February. She's the goaltender of the Canadian women's team who came back and beat U.S. for the Olympic gold medal. This time she's in the headlines not for breaking hearts but making history.
Szabados has signed a two-year contract with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League. This makes her the first female to play in the league since it began 10 years ago.
This isn't the 27-year-old's first time playing with the boys. She filled in during an Oilers practice earlier this week and played men's collegiate hockey. Still, it is impressive she broke a barrier with her first pro contract.
Manon Rheaume is the most well-known woman to play with men at a professional level. She laced up to play an exhibition game with the Lightning in 1992.