Manon Rheaume was the first woman to play in a Junior A men's hockey game. She played one game for Trois-Rivieres of the QMJHL during the 1991-92 season. She was the goaltender for the Women's Canadian National Team at the 1992 and 1994 Women's World Championships, winning a gold medal both times.
Her claim to fame is that she is the first woman to ever play in a professional hockey game. She was signed as free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning on August 8, 1992 and played in an exhibition game (Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues) on September 23, 1992. Her first win in a professional hockey game was a 9-6 win in a start with the Knoxville Cherokees of the ECHL.
Birth date: Feb. 24, 1972 Birth place: Lac Beaufort, Quebec. Height: 5'6" Weight: 125 Catches: left SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP MIN W-L-T GA SO AVG 91-92 3 Rivieres QMJHL 1 17 0-1-0 3 0 10.59 92-93 Atlanta IHL 2 66 0-1-0 7 0 6.36 (Knights) 93-94 Knoxville ECHL 4 187 2-0-1 13 0 4.17 (Cherokees) Nashville ECHL 4 197 3-0-0 12 0 3.64 94-95 Las Vegas IHL 2 53 0-1-0 3 0 3.40 (Aces) Tallahassee ECHL 1 20 0-1-0 4 0 12.00 (Tiger Sharks) 1995 New Jersey RHI 1 24 6.00 96-97 Reno WCHL (Renegades) * In 91-92 she played one game in Québec with the Trois-Rivieres junior team of the QMJHL. * She played one preseason game in 1992-93 with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. * During the summer of 1994, she played in the Roller Hockey International (RHI) league for the New Jersey Rock N' Rollers. * After playing 2 games with Las Vegas in the 1994-95 season, she was assigned to the semi-pro team called the Las Vegas Aces. She also played a friendly game with Feldkirch in Austria.
Much thanks to Ivo Dostal (firstname.lastname@example.org) for providing some the information about Manon's stats. If anyone has any more information (or corrections), please send it my way.
Manon just recorded her first win with the Reno Renegades. Her stats as of February 24th in the WCHL (West Coast Hockey League) are:
GPI MIN AVG W L OTL EN SO GA SAVES SPCT 2 80 6.0 1 1 0 0 0 8 42 .84
Rumor has it that Manon has signed with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL for the 1995-96 hockey season (Can anyone confirm this?). Manon is currently (October 5th, 1995) in North Carolina at a training camp for the Charlotte Checker (ECHL).
On December 9th, 1995, Chuck Miller (Boardwalk7@aol.com) reports the following on the rec.sport.hockey newsgroup:
"Manon Rheaume is currently in Charlotte, practicing with the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL). She is not an official member of the team, but can be called in for emergencies. She is still training to represent Canada in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, where women's ice hockey will be a medal sport."
On February 6th, 1996, Marc Ouellette (email@example.com) reports the following in the rec.sport.hockey newsgroup:
"Just heard on the radio that Manon Rheaume has been traded from the New Jersey Rock 'n Rollers of the RHI to the Ottawa Rollerbladers, in exchange for two draft picks."
On July 7th, 1996, Darcy Kinasewich (firstname.lastname@example.org) sent me the following by e-mail:
"As of mid June 1996, Manon has been traded from the Ottawa Loggers to the Sacramento River Rats of the RHI."
Manon's Stats with the Sacramento River Rats of the Roller Hockey International (RHI) league are as follows:
GOALTENDER GPI MIN AVG W L OTL SO GA S PCT Manon RHEAUME 4 152 8.50 2 1 0 0 27 100 .779
On November 13, 1996 Manon signed a contract for the 1996-97 season to play for the Reno Renegades of the West Coast Hockey League, one day after the club released goalie Derek Christiaens. More information is available from the Toronto Sun Article.
On November 17th, 1996 she played the first period (20 minutes) of a game for Reno against the Alaska Gold Kings (in Fairbanks). She stopped 8 shots out of 12, giving up 4 goals.
Tournament G Min W L T GA ShO SV% GAA Goalie rank overall 1992 WWC 3 180 3 0 0 2 2 .957 0.67 3rd 1994 WWC 3 209 3 0 0 6 ? .863 1.72 5th 1996 PacRim 2 120 2 0 0 1 1 .962 0.50
From her 1994 Classic Draft Pick Hockey Card...
"International star Manon added her second World Championship gold medal to her collection with another impressive performance. She was named to the All-Tournament team after winning the championship game. "In this game, you forget about personal statistics," she said. "You want to win for the team.""
These pictures are from Dan Shipengrover's directory.
These pictures are from Will Dringus' Great Goalie Pictures page. -- Link no longer working!
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