Sunday, 9 March 2014
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Young women face greater challenges than their male counterparts when choosing farm life. Women in agriculture are often treated differently than men even though they may have attained an agricultural education. This story tells of how two sisters from a Saskatchewan farm are forging their careers in agriculture
Friday, 7 March 2014
EDMONTON — With Edmonton’s Shannon Szabados slated to suit up in net for the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Columbus, Ga., Cottonmouths later this month, here is a look at five women who have played pro hockey against men.
The expansion Tampa Bay Lightning invited the Quebec-born goaltender to training camp in 1992 and became the first — and to this day, only — woman to play in an NHL exhibition game, when she faced the Boston Bruins in one period of action in 1993. Rheaume, now 42, played for seven minor-league teams between 1992 and 1997. She backstopped Canada’s women’s national team to gold medals at world championships in 1992 and 1994 and captured silver at the Nagano Olympics in 1998.
The native of Glens Falls, N.Y., was the first female goalie to win a game in a men’s professional hockey when she suited up for the East Coast Hockey League’s Toledo Storm in 1993. Three years later, she took off her pads and skated around the ice for 18 seconds to become the first non-goaltender to play in the pros. The 42-year-old played with four other minor-pro teams and now coaches women’s U.S. college hockey.
Wickenheiser, 35, is considered the greatest women’s hockey player, and has won four gold medals and one silver at the Winter Olympic Games. The Shaunavon, Sask., native was invited to the Philadelphia Flyers’ rookie camps in 1998 and 1999 and became the first woman to register a point in a pro men’s hockey league. In two seasons with Finnish team Salamat in 2003 and 2004, she scored two goals and 11 points. She also attended a Swedish men’s team’s training camp in 2007.
In what was essentially a publicity stunt, the four-time U.S. Olympian signed a one-game contract with the Tulsa Oilers in 2005 and became the first female skater to play in the Central Hockey League. Playing on the same team as her goaltender brother, Bill, the defenceman assisted on a goal in a 7-2 win. The 34-year-old Harvard graduate quit the U.S. national team in 2011.
The one-time Canadian national team goaltender made West Coast Hockey League history in 1995 when she signed a contract with the Bakersfield Condors. But it took seven years before the 37-year-old Vancouver native actually made a regular season appearance with the Long Beach Ice Dogs