Shannon Szabados notches historic shutout in men’s league
Canadian Olympic champion goaltender Shannon Szabados notched her first shutout as a member of the Columbus Cottonmouths on Saturday, reportedly the first shutout by a female goaltender in a men’s pro league.
Szabados, who fended off the U.S. in the last two Olympic finals, recorded 33 saves in a 3-0 win, her 29th game in net since 2014, according to hockeydb.com.
Szabados ranks 10th out of 11 league goalies in goals-against average (3.58) and save percentage (.909) this season, counting only goalies who have at least 10 games played.
Szabados had a 3.12 goals-against a .907 save percentage last season, according to hockeydb.com.
Other women’s goalies to play in men’s pro leagues include American Erin Whitten in the mid-1990s, Canadian 1998 Olympic silver medalist Manon Rheaume and, currently, Finnish Olympic bronze medalist Noora Raty in her domestic minor leagues.