Hannah Brandt, Olympic gold medalist, to practice with Minnesota Wild
Hannah Brandt will become the latest U.S. female hockey player to practice with an NHL team on Dec. 14.
Brandt will skate with her home state’s Minnesota Wild as part of the club’s Girls’ Hockey Weekend. Brandt plays her club hockey for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the NWHL.
The 24-year-old forward tallied a goal and an assist in her Olympic debut in PyeongChang, helping the U.S. to its first Olympic hockey title since the first women’s tournament at Nagano 1998.
Brandt also garnered attention at the Games given her sister, Marissa, who was adopted from South Korea, played for the host nation. It marked the first time a U.S. Olympian’s sibling competed for a different nation at the same Winter Olympics in any sport.
In 2014, U.S. Olympians Hilary Knight and Anne Schleper skated with the Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning, respectively. Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados practiced with the Edmonton Oilers less than a month after the Sochi Olympics.
Knight has said she hopes to play in an NHL preseason game.
One woman has played in the NHL — 1998 Canadian Olympic goalie Manon Rheaume in exhibition games in 1992 and 1993.
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