The Kings Engage Manon Rheaume | The press

Another woman is appointed to the leadership of a National League club and last but not least: Manon Rheaume.

Posted at 12:29pm
Updated at 1:03 p.m

Richard Labbe

Richard Labbe
The press

The former goaltender was hired by the Los Angeles Kings as a consultant for prospects and also for the California team’s hockey department.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Kings and look forward to working with the young players,” she said in a statement. I will focus on giving them the tools and also supporting them to ease their transition as they try to achieve the ultimate goal of playing in the NHL. »

Rheaume, 50, will continue to reside in Michigan, where she has lived for several years.

In 1998, she won a silver medal in the women’s ice hockey tournament at the Nagano Games. However, in 1992, she made her mark and became the first woman to attend an NHL game, a preseason game with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

She also excelled last year by being a goaltender in the NHL All-Star Game breakaway contest.

Rheaume already had connections with the kings. She had notably attended a gender equality panel with Olympic gold medalist Megan Bozek and Kings scout Blake Bolden to promote women’s hockey in Southern California.

“Manon is an excellent communicator who brings a unique perspective and will play an important role in our hockey operations,” said Director of Player Personnel Nelson Emerson. She has the talent to fill in the gaps in youth development. She will be responsible for including and maintaining a good level of understanding and accountability for our players when working with our dedicated development staff. »

A wave of attitudes

Rheaume is part of the recent wave of key hiring of women across the Bettman circuit.

The day before, the New Jersey Devils made Kate Madigan their first assistant general manager, becoming the sixth woman to hold such a position in the NHL.

Besides Madigan, the DD Hayley Wickenheiser was promoted to assistant general manager with the Toronto Maple Leafs last week, as was Meghan Hunter with the Chicago Blackhawks last month. The Vancouver Canucks are no exception, with two women occupying identical positions – Quebec’s Émilie Castonguay and Cammi Granato.

Angela Gorgon was the first to be named assistant general manager with the Anaheim Ducks in 1996.

With the Canadian Press

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