Female Olympic goalie could sign with Men's pro team

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Szabados won gold with Team Canada in Sochi
Szabados won gold with Team Canada in Sochi.

The goalie that helped team Canada to Olympic gold last month has received an offer to join a men's minor league team according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune report that Shannon Szabados has been offered a contract for the rest of the season by the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Szabados represented Canada at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympic where the team won gold on both occasions.

She has played for a number of men's collegiate teams in Canada including MacEwan University and NAIT.

Recently she was called to practice with the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL when they found themselves without a back-up goalie following a trade. It was then that she signed with the Cottonmouths for the remainder of the season.

Szabados said on radio in Canada: "I had been talking to this team last year, this isn't confirmed yet ... but it's well on its way."

This is not a unique situation, other female goaltenders have trained and played with minor league men's teams before but the 27 year old goalie has certainly had to work for her shot.

It's unclear whether her time at the Oilers led directly to this opportunity but Szabados said in her interview that: "It probably didn't hurt my chances."

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