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Manon Rheaume

Won Olympic Silver

Though Rheaume was still a celebrity, this did not always ensure she would play on Canadian national women's teams. She was cut from the 1997 Canadian national women's team before the world championships. The coaches did not think she was hungry enough. Rheaume also had to readjust to the demands of the women's game; she played a more stand up style against men, butterfly against women. This cut forced her to improve her game, and led to her being chosen for the Olympic team. In 1998, she played for Team Canada at the Olympics in Nagano. Rheaume and the Canadian women won the silver medal, losing to the United States.

Rheaume sat out the 1998-99 season when she was pregnant with her son. She was married to Gerry St. Cyr, a roller hockey player and minor league hockey player, whom she later divorced. She remained connected to the game as she served as goaltending coach for the University of Minnesota-Duluth women's team. She also continued to practice with high level teams near her home. Originally, Rheaume planned on playing on the Canadian women's national team in 2000, but did not make team. She then retired from international play, and essentially her career as a goalie.

Rheaume was hired by Mission Hockey as head of global marketing for women's hockey. There, she helped develop hockey skates for women. She later became manager of apparel and special events for the company. Rheaume also coached a team of girls, the Mission Bettys, to the Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament.

After retiring as a goalie in 2000, Rheaume still played as a forward in a woman's professional league, the Montreal Wingstars of the National Women's Hockey League, for a short time. She continued to play recreational hockey as a forward. Of her most famous stint in hockey, with the Lightning, she told Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune, "I just wanted to play. I didn't think about what it meant. Now I do."

Chronology

1972 Born February 24, in Lac Beauport, Quebec, Canada
1991 On November 26, becomes the first woman to play in a major junior hockey game
1992 Plays on Canada's women's national team, winning gold at the world championships; invited to training camp of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning; first woman to play in professional game when she plays in a pre-season game for the Lightning
1993 On December 13, becomes first woman to play in regular season game; played for the Knights against Salt Lake City Golden Eagles
1994 Plays in the East Coast Hockey League for Nashville and Knoxville
1994 Plays on Canada's women's national team at world championships, winning gold
1994-95 Plays with the Vegas Thunder (IHL) and the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks (ECHL)
1995 Plays for the New Jersey Rockin' Rollers (RHI)
1996 Plays for the Ottawa Loggers and Sacramento River Rats (RHI); wins gold as member of the Canadian women's team at the Pacific Rim Three Nations Cup
1996-97 Plays for the Reno Renegades (WCHL)
1998 Plays for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics; wins silver medal; marries Gerry St. Cyr
1998-99 Sits out season due to pregnancy
1999 Gives birth to son Dylan; named goaltending coach for the University of Minnesota-Duluth women's team
2000 Retires as a goalie; begins working for Mission Hockey

Awards and Accomplishments

1992, 1994 Played on Canada's women's national team, winning gold at the world championships
1996 Won gold as member of the Canadian women's team at the Pacific Rim Three Nations Cup
1998 Played for Team Canada at the Winter Olympics; won silver medal

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