(born February 24
) is a Canadian goaltender
and Olympic silver medalist
who was the first - and as of 2008, the only - woman to play in the NHL
, having played in two exhibition games
for the Tampa Bay Lightning
Manon Rhéaume was born in Lac Beauport, Quebec, Canada to Nicole and Pierre Rhéaume. She has one older brother, Martin, and one younger, Pascal, who was a center for NHL's New Jersey Devils.
She was signed as a free agent to Tampa Bay Lightning and played games against the St. Louis Blues in the 1992 preseason and the Boston Bruins in the 1993 preseason. Tampa Bay General Manager Phil Esposito later admitted it was nothing more than a publicity stunt to raise awareness of the expansion Lightning. She played a total of 24 games for various minor league teams between 1992 and 1997 and on the Canadian silver-medal winning Olympic women's hockey team in 1998. While in Atlanta, Manon wrote her autobiography - Manon: Alone In Front Of The Net.
Manon Rhéaume was married in June 1998 and has two sons.
- First woman to play at the International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament.
- First woman to play in a major junior game.
- First woman to play in an NHL exhibition game (September 23, 1992).
- First woman to win a game in professional roller hockey.
- First game with Little Caesars Senior Women's A - scored a goal and assist. Plus 2