Shannon Szabados

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Born: August 6, 1986

Shannon Szabados started playing hockey when she was 5 years old. She has played guys/men's hockey her entire career, with the exception of this season when she played full time with Canada's Women's Olympic Team. She played pewee when she was still atom age, bantam when she was pewee age, and Midget AAA when she was still a bantam aged player. As a 15 year old lead the AMHL north division with a 2.45 GAA and 9.14 sav%. After posting stats like that against guys 2 years older than her, she was called by the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL). She became the first and only female to play in the WHL and played her first game against the Vancouver Giants with Carey Price of the Montreal Canadians as her backup on the bench. She stopped 20 of 22 shots that game. She went on to play 5 years of Jr.A in the AJHL where she played in one Top Prospects game, 2 All Star games, was named her team's Most Valuable Player twice and was named the Leagues Top Goaltender in 2007. She went on to play men's University hockey at Grant MacEwan where she led her team to the league finals in 2008 and was named her team's Most Valuable Player in 2009. After 18 years of playing men's hockey she joined Team Canada this season full time to train for the 2010 Olympics where she did not disappoint. Shannon led Team Canada to a gold medal in what was quoted as "one of the greatest goaltending performances in the history of the women's game." She shut out the Americans 2-0 stopping all 28 shots. For her efforts she was named to the Olympic All Star Team, and was also named the Olympic's Top Goaltender. She will return to her men's University team this year and wants to play in a Men's Pro League when she finishes her Physical Education/ Education combined Degree.

2010 & 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist

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