Shannon Szabados
Ice hockey player
Shannon Szabados
Shannon Szabados is an ice hockey goaltender for the Canadian national hockey team. She has played for the men's Grant MacEwan University hockey team, and currently plays for the NAIT Ooks in Edmonton, Alberta. Szabados has been the first female player at several different tournaments and in several leagues, both during minor and junior hockey.
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Canada Defeats U.S. Women in Hockey
NYTimes - over 3 years
Hayley Wickenheiser set up two goals and goalie Shannon Szabados held on after a late brawl to help Canada beat the United States in the opening game of the pre-Olympic tour.
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Szabados to start in goal for Canada in women's world hockey final against U.S.
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Shannon Szabados will start in goal for Canada in the women's world hockey championship final against the U.S.
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Enceinte, Kim St-Pierre prendra congé - RDS
Google News - over 5 years
Par ailleurs, le poste de gardienne partante d'Équipe Canada féminine a été disputé depuis trois ans par St-Pierre, Charline Labonté et Shannon Szabados, et la tendance semble vouloir favoriser la jeunesse. St-Pierre n'a toutefois pas paru inquiète
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New international women's hockey tournament opens doors for Canadian players - Globe and Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Instead of taking the usual suspects — Shannon Szabados, Charline Labonte and Kim St. Pierre — to the Eight Nations tournament later this month in Finland, Hockey Canada wants to give other goaltenders international experience
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Canada celebrates 144 years! - Edmonton Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados will be at three locations for autograph sessions: the legislature grounds, Borden Park and Millwoods Park. You will also find more events in Louise McKinney Park, Old Strathcona, Millwoods and more
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Personne ne peut arrêter Caroline Ouellette -
Google News - almost 6 years
Et pour une troisième fois consécutive, c'est l'équipe blanche et rouge qui a remporté ce duel de titans par la marque de 2-0 contre les États-Unis grâce, entre autres, à la gardienne de but Shannon Szabados et l'attaquante Marie-Philip Poulin
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CANADA 2, U.S. 0; Goalie Stands Tall as Canada Women Take Gold
NYTimes - almost 7 years
In the gold medal game on Thursday, the Canadian and American women's hockey teams finally found worthy opponents: each other. But in the end, one woman made the biggest difference. Canada's coach, Melody Davidson, had to choose between the young phenom Shannon Szabados and the veteran Olympian Kim St. Pierre as the starting goalie. She went with
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It's Canada Against the World
NYTimes - about 7 years
THIS YEAR'S Olympic tournament could turn out to be the greatest in the history of ice hockey, given the quality of the teams in Vancouver. Below, a look at the men's competition. CANADA The favorite, but will the pressure to win in a land where hockey is the secular religion prove too much for Coach Mike Babcock's team? Sidney Crosby leads a
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shannon Szabados
  • 2015
    Age 28
    In 2015, in a 3-0 win for the Cottonmouths over the Huntsville Havoc, Szabados became the first woman to record a shutout in a men's professional hockey league.
    More Details Hide Details Her parents names are Gary and Sharyl, and she has one brother named Matthew. She is majoring in physical education at MacEwan University. Szabados was on the cover of Hello! Canada in March 2010. She is of Hungarian descent; her last name, Szabados, is an old Hungarian status term meaning "liberated", as it referred to a person freed from serfdom. Szabados was teammates and friends with Canadian sledge hockey player Matt Cook during her time in the AJHL. At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Szabados had "FLM" on her goalie mask, for "Fight like Matt" in Cook's honour. AJHL stats provided from ACAC stats provided from
    On December 27, 2015, Szabados became the first woman to record a shutout in a men's professional hockey league, in a 33-save, 3-0 win for the Cottonmouths over the Huntsville Havoc.
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  • 2014
    Age 27
    On November 21, 2014, Szabados made 34 saves to become the first female goaltender to win a SPHL game when the Cottonmouths defeated the Fayetteville FireAntz 5-4 in overtime.
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    Szabados dressed for her first game on March 13, 2014 but did not play in the game.
    More Details Hide Details On March 15, Szabados started her first game with the Cottonmouths, stopping 27 of 31 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Knoxville Ice Bears.
    On March 7, 2014, it was announced that Szabados had been signed to a professional contract with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) to finish out the 2013-14 season, to become the first female to play with a SPHL team.
    More Details Hide Details She joins the likes of Manon Rheaume, Danielle Dube, and Hayley Wickenheiser as Canadian women's national team members to play men's professional hockey.
    A similar situation occurred on March 4, 2014 when a campaign was launched on Twitter to have Szabados as an emergency backup goaltender to Ben Scrivens for the Edmonton Oilers game against the Ottawa Senators, as their new goaltender, Viktor Fasth, would not arrive till the next day, after being traded to Edmonton that day.
    More Details Hide Details Edmonton opted for UofA Golden Bears goaltender Kurtis Mucha instead. As a consolation, the Oilers allowed Szabados to practise with them the next day, while they waited for Fasth to arrive.
    During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Szabados was a member of the Canadian women's hockey team again.
    More Details Hide Details She would win all three of her starts, including the gold medal game in overtime to win her second straight Olympic gold medal. In March 2010, there was a movement by some in the Edmonton media for the Edmonton Oilers to consider signing Szabados when goaltender Devan Dubnyk came down with the flu prior to a game against the Vancouver Canucks, leaving the Oilers with only one goaltender and in need of an emergency backup. Instead, Calgary Dinos goaltender Nathan Deobald was signed to an amateur tryout contract, prompting journalists including the Edmonton Sun's Terry Jones to criticize the club's move.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    In a March 31, 2012 exhibition game versus the United States, Szabados made 24 saves in a 1–0 shutout win at the Ottawa Civic Centre.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    After the 2010 tournament, she was named Top Goaltender and was selected to the Tournament All-Star Team.
    More Details Hide Details On November 21, 2014, Szabados made 34 saves to become the first female goaltender to win an SPHL game when the Cottonmouths defeated the Fayetteville FireAntz 5-4 in overtime.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    She was a member of the 2009–10 Hockey Canada national women's team which won the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and earned two shutouts, including the final game against the United States women's national ice hockey team.
    More Details Hide Details She was selected to the tournament all-star team at the Olympics, and was named top goaltender.
    In 2009, Szabados represented Canada at the 4 Nations Cup, where she played in the gold medal game and recorded a 5–1 victory over the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Szabados was expected to be Canada's third goalie heading into the 2010 Winter Olympics, behind veterans Kim St. Pierre and Charline Labonté. In pre-tournament play, including a series of games against midget boys teams from Alberta, Szabados posted the best numbers of the three. Her record against the midget boys was 10–1, with a 1.99 goals against average and .936 save percentage. She also posted three wins against the American women's team leading up to the Olympics, including the 4 Nations Cup.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    Szabados served as an alternate for Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Women's Championships, and was named to the roster in 2009, but did not play.
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  • 2006
    Age 19
    She won three straight gold medals at the Air Canada Cup between 2006 and 2008.
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    Szabados also made her debut with Canada's Under-22 women's team in 2006.
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    Szabados has represented Canada internationally at the Under-22 and Senior levels. she made her Team Canada debut in 2006, helping Canada to a gold medal at the 2006 4 Nations Cup, held in Kitchener, Ontario.
    More Details Hide Details In the opening game of the tournament, Szabados recorded a 3–0 shutout against the United States.
    Szabados was the recipient of the Friends of Alberta Junior Hockey League Trophy as the AJHL's Top Goaltender after the 2006–07 season, becoming the first female recipient of the award.
    More Details Hide Details She was also named MVP of the Fort Saskatchewan club. Because Szabados spent time in a WHL training camp, she was ineligible to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which is a common path for female hockey players. Instead, Szabados played for the men's team at Grant MacEwan University in Alberta. Szabados spent two full seasons playing with Grant MacEwan (2007–08 and 2008–09) before leaving to join Hockey Canada's program as they assembled the Olympic team. During the 2007–08 season, Szabados helped Grant MacEwan to a silver medal at the 2008 Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC). She is returned to the Griffins for the 2010–11 season. For the 2011-12 season, Szabados transferred to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and suited up with the NAIT Ooks. In her second season with the team, she broke league records for shutouts (5) and goals against average (1.87) en route to an ACAC Championship.
    During the 2006–07 season, Szabados led the Traders to the top record in the AJHL and came within a game of winning the AJHL championship against the Camrose Kodiaks.
    More Details Hide Details She was named to the AJHL North Division All-Star Team for the 2007 All-Star Weekend.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    While playing for Sherwood Park, Szabados played in the AJHL All-Star game, and was named co-MVP of the 2004–05 game.
    More Details Hide Details After the season, she was named co-MVP of the Sherwood Park club as well.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    In her first game with the AJHL's Sherwood Park Crusaders on October 2, 2002, Szabados recorded a shutout in addition to winning the game.
    More Details Hide Details During her AJHL career, Szabados spent time with the Crusaders as well as the Bonnyville Pontiacs and the Fort Saskatchewan Traders.
    In 2002, at the age of 16, she became the first female to play in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
    More Details Hide Details Szabados played in four exhibition games for the Tri-City Americans. During her time in the Americans' training camp, Szabados split an exhibition game with current Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price. Szabados recalls, " he let in four goals in the half he played; I let in two and one in overtime." When she was released from Tri-City, Szabados returned to Alberta to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), after a vote among the league's general managers regarding female players.
  • 2001
    Age 14
    At nine years old, Szabados became the first girl to play in the Brick Super Novice Tournament held at the West Edmonton Mall. In 2001, at the age of 15, she was the first female to play in the Calgary Mac’s AAA midget hockey tournament, suiting up for the Edmonton Maple Leaf Athletic Club.
    More Details Hide Details Among the competition at the Mac's tournament when Szabados played were the Shattuck-St. Mary's Sabres led by Zach Parise.
  • 1986
    Born on August 6, 1986.
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