It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and the greatest goaltender in women’s hockey history has her car packed and is making her way across the interstate between Ohio and New York. For Shannon Szabados, a three-time Olympian with two golds and a silver to her name, this is the new normal, a weekly routine she’ll undertake over the course of the season. The three-and-a-half-hour trek, one that sees her cross two state lines, takes Szabados to Buffalo, where she’ll play for the NWHL’s Beauts in her first foray into the women’s professional ranks.
“I played (in men’s leagues) my entire life, and it wasn’t anything new to me, but at the same time, there were a lot of challenges along the way,” Szabados said. “Anytime I went anywhere, there was a debate about whether I was even allowed to play in the lea...
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Jared Clinton is a writer and web editor with The Hockey News. He's been with the team since 2014. He was born, raised and resides in Winnipeg, where he can be found missing the net on outdoor rinks all over town.