As a hockey fan, does the name Manon Rheaume mean anything to you? It should.

Manon Rheaume

Goaltender Manon Rheaume was just 20 years old when she suited up for one period of an exhibition game for the brand-new Tampa Bay Lightning

But, then again, maybe it shouldn’t. It was 18 years ago today, September 23, 1992 that Rheaume did something no woman has done before or since. She appeared in a period of NHL exhibition hockey. At the time, her feat made hockey headlines everywhere – keeping in mind that hockey headlines were a lot smaller in those days. It’s almost twenty years later, and there are still very strong feelings about whether or not Rheaume deserved her chance or was simply a novelty. (more…)

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Steve Yzerman won three Stanley Cups as a player
Steve Yzerman won three Stanley Cups as a player

Steve Yzerman, the newly named general manager of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, has his work cut out for him. And, if history is any indication, he won’t be a successful GM in the National Hockey League. Oh, he’ll try and make all the right decisions, choose the right players, spend thoughtfully…but he has something working against him that he can’t control. (more…)

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