The Los Angeles Kings hired Manon Rheaume on Thursday as a hockey operations/prospect advisor.
A trailblazing goaltender, Rheaume made history by becoming the first woman to play in the NHL when she appeared in a pre-season game with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. She also played in three different men’s pro leagues during her career in the International Hockey League, ECHL and West Coast Hockey League.
Rheaume, from Beauport, Que., backstopped Canada’s women’s team to a pair of world championships in 1992 and 1994 and earned silver at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games when women’s hockey made its Olympic debut. She also participated as a celebrity goaltender during the breakaway challenge during the NHL’s All-Star Game skills competition earlier this year.
“I’m excited to join the Kings and look forward to working with our young players as they go through their individual development process,” Rheaume said in a statement. “There are so many elements that factor into a player’s journey once they join an organization, and my focus will be on helping to provide them with the tools and guidance they need to ease that transition as they strive to reach their ultimate goal of playing in the NHL.”
Rheaume will report to the director of player personnel, Nelson Emerson.
“Manon is an excellent communicator who brings a unique perspective and will play an important role in our hockey operations department,” Emerson added. “She has the skill set to help bridge the gap for our young players throughout their development cycle and will be tasked with helping to introduce and maintain a level of understanding and accountability for our players as they work in conjunction with our development staff.”