Earlier in the week, it was reported that Canada’s women’s hockey goalie Shannon Szabados spent a practice with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. Szabados practiced with the team as they waited for the NHL trade deadline to pass and their new goalie to come to town, but now she may find a permanent home with a professional men’s team.
Szabados, who was the starting netminder for Canada’s two previous Olympic gold medal runs, said that she has an offer from the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
“I haven’t told anyone this yet, but I got a call today from a team in the Southern Professional Hockey League to go play there for the rest of the season,” Szabados told Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio. “I might be a step ahead of myself, but who knows, I might be in the U.S. starting next week.”
It would be a great opportunity for Szabados and one that could eventually open the door for her to reach her dream of playing in the NHL.
Oilers coach Craig MacTavish wouldn’t rule out eventually signing Szabados after her practice with the team, so perhaps she could end up joining the team if they were satisfied with her practice and her performance with the Cottonmouths.
Columbus has yet to make an official announcement, so we will have to wait and see if a deal ever comes to fruition.