Canada's Shannon Szabados re-signs with men's pro team

Columbus Cottonmouths goaltender Shannon Szabados reacts after a Knoxville Ice Bears score in the...

Columbus Cottonmouths goaltender Shannon Szabados reacts after a Knoxville Ice Bears score in the first period in Columbus, Georgia, March 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Tami Chappell)

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It appears two-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados is not getting just a cup of coffee in the men’s pro hockey ranks.

On Wednesday, the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League announced Szabados has been re-signed by the club after a short stint as backup goalie last season.

Szabados, the starting goalie for Canada’s women’s hockey team at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, made history in March when the Cottonmouths made her the first female to suit up for a SPHL team.

The 28-year-old appeared in two games, losing both. In her second game, Szabados, stopped 32 of 35 shots fired her way.

Szabados has proven herself in other all-male loops in the past.

As a teen, she claimed the Alberta Junior Hockey League's top goalie honours in 2006-07 following a 31-7-4 campaign between the pipes. Collegiately, Szabados played on the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s men’s squad.


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