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Shannon Szabados: 6 questions for a gold medal goalie

Shannon Szabados twice won gold as a goalie for Canada's Olympic team. She talks to Paul Hunter about her first full season in a men's pro hockey league.

Canadian Olympian talks about playing in a men's pro league

Shannon Szabados is the only female in a male pro league 3:58

The only bobblehead doll the Columbus Cottonmouths sell is of goalie Shannon Szabados, the two-time Canadian Olympic gold medallist. After all, she's the only woman playing in a North American men's professional hockey league.

Columbus Cottonmouths' goalie Shannon Szabados is the only woman playing in a men's hockey pro league in North America. (Sara Giles/Columbus Cottonmouths)
After playing on the Canadian teams that won gold in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, the 28-year-old from Edmonton knows how to play with the whole world watching, her coach Jerome Bechard tells the CBC's Paul Hunter.

The Cottonmouths, based in Columbus, Georgia, look likely to make the Southern Professional Hockey League playoffs. 

Szabados was the first star in her team's 4-1 victory against the Knoxville Ice Bears on Sunday. She stopped 31 of 32 shots.

Above are video excerpts from Hunter's interview with Szabados. And below, Hunter's report on CBC-TV's The National, Feb. 16.


The only bobblehead doll the Columbus Cottonmouths have for sale is of goalie Shannon Szabados, the two-time Canadian Olympic gold medallist. (Columbus Cottonmouths)

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