Eve Gascon to officially become third female goaltender to appear in QMJHL

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Eve Gascon will become the third female goalie to play in the QMJHL on Saturday. (Getty)
Eve Gascon will become the third female goalie to play in the QMJHL on Saturday. (Getty)

Eve Gascon is set to take another historic step for women's hockey.

The 18-year-old Gascon will be the starting netminder for the Gatineau Olympiques against the Rimouski Oceanic on Saturday, making her the third female goaltender to play in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game.

The Terrebonne, Que., native was called up to the team last week from the Saint-Laurent Patriotes, a Cegep men’s hockey team. Gascon has posted a 10-5-0 record this season, allowing a 2.81 goals-against average and recording a .899 save percentage.

Once she hits the ice for the Olympiques on Saturday, she’ll join the illustrious company of Manon Rheaume and Charline Labonte as the only women to play in the QMJHL. Rheaume famously went on to be the only woman to ever play in an NHL game, tending the net for Tampa Bay Lightning in an exhibition game in 1992. Labonte is a three-time Olympic champion, capturing gold with Team Canada in Turin, Vancouver and Sochi.

Two-time Olympic gold-medalist Shannon Szabados is the only other woman to appear in the Canadian Hockey League, Canada’s men’s major junior hockey circuit, when she suited up for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League in 2002.

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