New hockey film to document Manon Rhéaume's NHL debut
National Hockey League's first female goalie played for Tampa Bay Lightning 23 years ago
Manon Rhéaume believes that an upcoming film about her journey as the first woman to play in the National Hockey League will inspire a new generation of hockey players.
Between the Pipes is a feature film on Rhéaume's professional hockey career and unprecedented contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Filmed in Quebec, Rhéaume told CBC's Quebec AM that the movie gives her the chance to reach out to upcoming players about her story.
"I didn't want to live my life with regrets and I said I had to take a chance and go for it," said Rhéaume.
The film's producer, screenwriter and main star Angie Bullaro will play Rhéaume. She said that she was training with Rhéaume to learn how to play hockey.
"I realized how amazing it was that she was in the net with all these huge men out there and how much more difficult it was for her since she didn't cover so much of the net," said Bullaro. "And yet she still performed better than most of the goalies at the training camp."
Set to be released in 2017, the film will mark the 25th anniversary of Rhéaume's pre-season game with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
At the age of 20, Rhéaume made hockey history as the first — and so far only — female goalie to grace the league's ice. Suited up for a single period against the St-Louis Blues, Rhéaume let in two goals.
"It felt good to be there. I didn't really realize the impact that I would have by doing what I did that night," said Rhéaume.