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Snakes to make history, sign first female player in SPHL history

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Two-time gold medalist Shannon Szabados will sign a contract with the Cottonmouths. Two-time gold medalist Shannon Szabados will sign a contract with the Cottonmouths.
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The Cottonmouths have signed two-time Olympic gold medalist goaltender Shannon Szabados to a contract, making her the first female player in Southern Professional Hockey League history.

Szabados most recently helped the Canadian national team to a gold medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, defeating the United States in the gold medal game.

She is no stranger to some current Snakes. Szabados is a former teammate of Jordan Draper, Andy Willigar and Kyle Johnson at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

“I am very excited to get a world class athlete that has competed and has faced, high pressured situations. Shannon has won at every level she has played, in women’s hockey or men’s hockey,” head coach Jerome Bechard said in a news release. “She won a championship with NATI last year alongside Andy Willigar and Jordan Draper so I know she can compete at this level. We are working on her immigration, and we are looking to sign her officially Thursday, where she will be backing up [starter Andrew] Loewen. She will play when she feels comfortable and situated.”

Columbus hosts Bloomington tonight at 7:30. If Szabados is officially signed on Thursday, her first game will be that night.

Jonathan Huskey

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