May 282010

During the 1993-94 hockey season, three women goalies were invited to display their talent in men’s hockey–at the professional level.

Erin Whitten

On October 30,  Erin Whitten, a 22-year old netminder from Glens Falls, New York, became the first woman to  be credited with a goaltending victory in one of the minor pro leagues–the East Coast Hockey League. Whitten led the Toledo Storm to a 6-5 victory over the Dayton Bombers. The former New Hampshire University star won her second game two days later. Even though she gave up 10 goals, her teammates scored 11. It is unlikely any goalie,  male or female, in any pro league, skated off with a win after allowing goals that reached double figures.

Manon Rheaume

Just one week later, 21-year-old Manon Rheaume, playing for Knoxville in the same league, became the second female goalie to win a game in pro hockey. Later she would move to Nashville in the ECHL and win five of six starts.

Kelly Dyer

Before the season was over, a third female goalie won a game, this time in Florida’s Sunshine  Hockey League, Kelly Dyer, 27, who was Tom Barrasso’s backup goalie in high school,  led her team, the West Palm Beach Blaze  to  a 6-2 victory over the Daytona Beach Sun Devils.

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