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05-14-2009, 11:02 AM
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Alex Rigsby: A New Pioneer for Women’s Hockey?

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seventeen year old female goaltender Alex Rigsby, formerly of the Milwaukee Junior Admirals, and the United States Women’s Under 18 program, has been drafted in round 16, 199th overall in the United States Hockey League entry draft.

As hockey fans may remember, the first and only woman to play competitively in the NHL, albeit in an exhibition game, was Manon Rheaume who played two pre-season games in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992 and 1993.

Is Alex Rigsby going to join Manon Rheaume as women who have played in the NHL?

Is Alex destined to become the first woman to play in a regular season NHL game?

Time will tell, but we know Alex is already a pioneer, becoming the first woman to be drafted in the United States Hockey League.


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I've wondered why there aren't more female goaltenders - they'd be lighter weight and potentially just as fast as their male counterparts.

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Being drafted in the USHL is great for Rigsby. However, making the jump from the USHL to the NHL is quite the leap, especially for a goaltender.

She's not going to play a minute in the NHL.

Good on her for being drafted though.

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5'7, 139 lbs? That's too small, even for a man.

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5'7, 139 lbs? That's too small, even for a man.
Insert your own Pat Kane joke here.

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I've wondered why there aren't more female goaltenders - they'd be lighter weight and potentially just as fast as their male counterparts.
Muscle development is slower. They can't put on weight as fast.

That puts them at a disadvantage, even for a position that requires good athleticism like goaltender.

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There was a girl who played in the AJHL two years ago, goaltender. Shannon....my mind draws a blank on the last name though.

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There was a girl who played in the AJHL two years ago, goaltender. Shannon....my mind draws a blank on the last name though.
Shannon Szabados. She's playing for Grant MacEwan College now.

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Shannon Szabados. She's playing for Grant MacEwan College now.
There we go.

Thanks Mr Bugg

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Good for her, I wish her the best of luck

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There was a girl who played in the AJHL two years ago, goaltender. Shannon....my mind draws a blank on the last name though.
didnt she make it to the ajhl all star game too


thats pretty impressive

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didnt she make it to the ajhl all star game too


thats pretty impressive
She actually made it into a couple of WHL exhibition games, plus 20 seconds of a regular season match-up.

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I've wondered why there aren't more female goaltenders - they'd be lighter weight and potentially just as fast as their male counterparts.
Part of the problem is that male goaltenders that are 5'10 have a hard time playing pro hockey. 5'10 is relatively tall for women, and many girls who are that tall play basketball or volleyball instead.

Manon Rheaume was 5'7 130lbs when she played, and was asked to put on more muscle to play men's hockey. But she didn't want to, since she feared it would reduce her quickness for women's hockey, especially since women's hockey had just been added to the Olympics and that was her goal.

Erin Whitten (the first female goaltender to win a pro game) is listed at 5'5 155lbs. I doubt she was actually 5'5. I've stood next to her when she was wearing regular shoes and not skates and she's probably more like 5'3. And she did get beat mainly up high.

Goalies playing in the NHL are getting taller and taller. 6'2 may become the norm. With all the equipment, it may not make a big difference if someone is 160 lbs vs 220 lbs.

So, if there is the potential for a female goalie in the NHL, I'd say it would be a women who's very tall and fast. Women do have the benefit of being more flexible than men, and with goaltenders, upper body strength isn't as necessary.

The problem is if a girl is that exceptionally athletically gifted and tall, there are a lot more opportunities to get college scholarships and play professionally playing another sport than playing hockey, especially basketball.

But I wish Alex Rigsby the best of luck. It's great that she was drafted by the USHL and I truly hope some day soon there will be a woman playing in the NHL.

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She's going to make the NHL because she has been drafted in the 16th round of the USHL draft, in a probable publicity stunt ?

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I am a goaltender, playing at 5'7'', 135 pounds (albeit I'm a man) and I could tell you, anyone who want to play a high level at that size as to be perfect. You've got to be quick and have strong leg, you've got to have strong gloves. Any mistake will cost you. I do not play that high of a level, but even in junior B, I would of stopped half the goal than went by me this year in I had been 6'0''. It's extremely frustrating, but that's just how it goes.

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I am a goaltender, playing at 5'7'', 135 pounds (albeit I'm a man) and I could tell you, anyone who want to play a high level at that size as to be perfect. You've got to be quick and have strong leg, you've got to have strong gloves. Any mistake will cost you. I do not play that high of a level, but even in junior B, I would of stopped half the goal than went by me this year in I had been 6'0''. It's extremely frustrating, but that's just how it goes.
I feel your pain, but you're about 4 inches taller than me lol

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As someone who follows the USHL religiously, it smells like a publicity stunt to me. Nothing more.

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Charline Labonté of Team Canada played 28 games for Baie-Comeau in the QMJHL 9-10 years ago. She's 5'8 and weights 160 lbs.

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I think Osgood is probably at the shortest end of the spectrum for goalies in the NHL at 5' 10" and 178 lbs.

I agree that for a woman to get consideration she would need to be pretty tall.

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5'7, 139 lbs? That's too small, even for a man.
Compared to Panger thats a giant.

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She actually made it into a couple of WHL exhibition games, plus 20 seconds of a regular season match-up.
And she lost any NCAA eligibility because of that as well.

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And she lost any NCAA eligibility because of that as well.
She did, but after this year, she's transferring to the U of A. The CIS is miles ahead of collegiate women's hockey anywhere... if she can crack the Bears, that would be an incredible accomplishment and would do more for her game than playing with other women.

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Everytime a female goalie is mentioned I cant help but snicker a bit at the comment Jaques Demeres made about Manon Rheaume.

Anybody else remember it, made the headlines back in the day.

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Everytime a female goalie is mentioned I cant help but snicker a bit at the comment Jaques Demeres made about Manon Rheaume.

Anybody else remember it, made the headlines back in the day.
I hate posts like this. Why not include the quote for those who don't?

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She can play! She deserve an oppurtunity to make the Steel. Good luck to her!!

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