Canadian women’s goalie practices with Edmonton Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers made a handful of moves involving goalies leading up to the NHL trade deadline, so they were desperate to find a netminder that would help the team practice on Wednesday. In order to fill the void, the Oilers have turned to the goalie from Canada’s women’s hockey team, Shannon Szabados.

Szabados was the starting netminder for Canada’s two previous Olympic gold medal runs.

Szabados has always been interested at playing men’s hockey at the NHL level — she played on a men’s college team — and now she will get the opportunity to do so.

“Being a girl, I don’t think anyone’s going to just offer up an opportunity,” she told the Canadian Press. “Probably have to do some digging and get an in some where.

“I think it’s something I would regret if I didn’t at least try.”

But could Szabados eventually see NHL game action for the Oilers? While it isn’t something that Oilers coach Craig MacTavish would completely rule out, he did say the time for making that move would not be now.

“I really like Shannon as a goaltender,” MacTavish said, according to the Edmonton Jounal. “I think she had the goaltending performance of the year.

“I’ve spoken with her a few times over the years. I saw her play against my son at the midget level a couple of years ago – she shut him down a couple of times on a couple of glorious chances – so I have a good appreciation of her level as a goaltender. She’s very capable. To have her name enter the discussion when we’re talking about that is a real accomplishment to her and her level of play.

“Yeah it would be something that we’d consider but not at this point in time.”

Even though Szabados will not be getting a shot at the NHL anytime soon, it is still great to see that she is getting this opportunity.

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