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Females Joining the NHL could soon be a reality

SEP 3, 2023   |   BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
Women's hockey has been making significant strides in recent times. While the primary focus is on bringing women's hockey to a competitive level, the idea of the NHL's first female player is gaining traction.

The Potential for Female NHL Players



The notion of a female player in the NHL sparks debates. Some argue that if a female player demonstrates the talent to play in a men's league, she should have the opportunity to do so. However, concerns about physicality and safety have been raised. Girls playing alongside boys in youth hockey has become more common, but few females progress further. A solution could lie in goaltending, where physical impact is lower.

The Case for Female EBUGs


Female goalies without teams due to league changes could find opportunities as emergency backups, similar to instances like David Ayres and Scott Foster. Professional female goalies could fill this role effectively.

One prospect is Finnish goalie Noora Räty, with experience on men's teams. However, her height might pose challenges in competitive men's hockey.



Since Manon Rheaume's appearance in 1992, there hasn't been a female player in the NHL. Nevertheless, we're on the verge of a potential breakthrough in women's participation in men's hockey at a higher level.

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