published Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Female Olympian to play in men's pro hockey game

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    Canadian Olympic women's team goalie Shannon Szabados practices with the Edmonton Oilers NHL hockey team in Edmonton, Alberta, in this March 5, 2014, file photo.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Canadian Olympian is expected to become the first woman to play in a game in the Southern Professional Hockey League when she takes the ice during a Georgia game.

The Columbus Cottonmouths announced Friday that Shannon Szabados will be the goalie for Saturday night's game against the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Columbus Civic Center.

The Columbus Ledger Enquirer reports that Szabados arrived in Columbus on Wednesday night and took part in a short practice Thursday morning before a press conference introducing her to the media.

Cottonmouths Assistant Head Coach Brad Prefontaine said has looked "phenomenal" during practice in her short time with the team. He said the team would love to see a full arena to support Szabados as she makes her professional debut.

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