July 21, 1994 |
With long blond hair, expressive blue eyes and thick dark lashes, Angela Ruggiero of Simi Valley looks every bit a prom queen. She speaks softly and giggles often in the manner of an easygoing California teen-ager. But when Ruggiero changes into her hockey gear a demeanor change follows. Her nickname? "The Terminator." There's something about skating on ice in pads and shin guards that transforms Ruggiero, 14, who will be a ninth-grader at Valley View Junior High in the fall.
April 11, 1993 |
Manon Rheaume, pro hockey's only female player, gave up six goals Saturday night in her first start for the Atlanta Knights. Rheaume made 25 saves, but knocked a shot into her own goal in the third period to give Cincinnati a 6-5 lead. After she was pulled for an extra skater, Cincinnati scored two empty-net goals to beat the Knights, 8-6. "I tried my best, but I made a few too many mistakes," Rheaume said. "I'm a little disappointed. . . . I really wanted to win for the guys more than myself."
December 14, 1992 |
Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in a regular-season professional hockey game when she appeared in the minor league Atlanta Knights' contest against Salt Lake City on Sunday night. Rheaume played the first 5:49 of the second period, stopping three shots, giving up one goal and having a second nullified by an interference penalty in Salt Lake City's 4-1 International Hockey League victory over the Knights. "I was a little bit nervous," Rheaume said. "You learn by your mistakes.
September 24, 1992 |
The most important thing to Manon Rheaume is that she will never have to look back and wonder what might have been. The 20-year-old goaltender became the first woman to play in one of the four major pro sports leagues Wednesday night when she played the first period for the NHL expansion Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game. She faced nine shots and gave up two goals in the St. Louis Blues' 6-4 victory and then was offered a chance to play in the Lightning's minor league system.