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Women’s Gold Medalist Practises With the Oilers

It was social media at it's best Tuesday in the city of Edmonton. The Oiler's GM Craig MacTavish had just made the Oilers second goaltender trade of 2014 and Viktor Fasth would not be able to make it to Edmonton in time to suit up with his new team. What about Canada's gold medalist Shannon Szabados? An Edmonton native and a gold medal winning goaltender, why not bring her in to backup Ben Scrivens? Twitter feeds soon filled with #SzabadosForBackup. 

Sadly, Szabados' equipment never made it back with her from Russia, and she hadn't gotten around to replacing it just yet. This was not meant to be. Instead, the Oilers turned once again to the University of Alberta Golden Bears and borrowed from their roster.

But the story doesn't end there, while the Oilers may not have gone in the same direction as the fans' pleas, they did hear the request and instead brought Szabados to practice with the team on Wednesday morning.

Szabados was treated to praise from the Oilers team and coaching from goaltending coach Freddie Chabot. 

Szabados was the first woman to play in the WHL, with just a single game with the Tri City Americans. Don't look for Szabados to look to crack and NHL roster any time soon, but I don't think that this is something that will be easily forgotten. 

It's great to the see the Oilers giving this a try. They are always trying to make a connection with the community by working with inner city youth, the military and their community outreach. Honouring Olympians is just another thing they like to do to bring the community together. In this effort, I think it worked.

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  Tags: shannon+szabados, team+canada

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Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.

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