The Arrival of Female Players in the NHL Nearing Reality

Published September 3, 2023 at 3:22 PM
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
Women's hockey has been making remarkable progress lately, focusing on raising its competitive level. Alongside this effort, the notion of having the first female player in the NHL is becoming more prominent.

The Promise of Female NHL Players


The idea of a female player entering the NHL has sparked discussions. Some argue that if a female player displays the skills to compete in a men's league, she should have the chance to do so. However, concerns about physicality and safety have been voiced. Girls participating in youth hockey alongside boys has become more common, but few proceed to higher levels. Goaltending might provide a solution, given its reduced physical demands.

The Case for Female EBUGs

Female goalies without teams due to league changes could find opportunities as emergency backups, similar to cases like David Ayres and Scott Foster. Professional female goalies could serve this role effectively.


One potential candidate is Finnish goalie Noora Räty, who has experience playing on men's teams. Yet, her height might pose challenges in competitive men's hockey.


Since Manon Rheaume's appearance in 1992, there hasn't been a female player in the NHL. Nonetheless, we stand on the brink of a possible advancement in women's participation at a higher level in men's hockey.

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