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Rheaume named hockey operations, prospect advisor by Kings


Manon Rheaume was named advisor to hockey operations and prospects for the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

The first woman to play in one of North America’s major sports leagues when she was goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason game against the St. Louis Blues on September 23, 1992 will work with executives in several areas and will focus on the development perspective.

“I am thrilled to join the Kings and look forward to working with our young players through their individual development process,” Rhéaume said. “There are so many things that go into a player’s journey once they join an organization, and my focus will be to help provide them with the tools and guidance they need to facilitate this transition as he strives to achieve his ultimate goal of playing in the NHL.”

Rheaume played in the first period against the Blues, allowing goals to Jeff Brown and Brendan Shanahan on nine shots, and caught the eye of the general public for the Lightning, one of two teams (the Ottawa Senators) who joined the NHL for the 1992-93 season. She also helped Canada win silver at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the first Olympics to feature a women’s hockey tournament, and finished first at the IIHF Women’s World Championships in 1992 and 1994.

“Manon is an excellent communicator who brings a unique perspective and will play an important role in our hockey operations department,” said Director of Player Personnel Nelson Emerson. “She has the skills to help bridge the gap for our young players throughout their development cycle and will be responsible for helping to introduce and maintain a level of understanding and accountability for our players as they move on. work together with our development staff.”

Rheaume is the girls’ program coordinator and coach of the 12-and-under girls’ team for the Little Caesars hockey program in Detroit and will continue to reside in Michigan.

Thirty years after playing for the Lightning, Rhéaume participated in the adidas NHL Breakaway Challenge, as part of the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills presented by the Draft Kings in Las Vegas. She said during the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, it was encouraging that more women were having opportunities with NHL teams.

In historic times for women in hockey, Jessica Campbell on Tuesday became the first woman appointed as a full-time assistant coach in American Hockey League history when she joined the Seattle Kraken’s new Coachella Valley affiliate, which should start playing next season. Three other women have been hired as assistant general managers in the NHL, Meghan Hunter with the Chicago Blackhawks on June 22, Hayley Wickenheiser with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday and Kate Madigan with the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. Emily Engel-Natzke was hired as video coordinator by the Washington Capitals on June 30, making her the first woman to hold the position in the NHL. The Devils promoted Meghan Duggan to director of player development on May 31, about a year after the retired United States national team captain was named director of player development.

The Vancouver Canucks named Emilie Castonguay and Cammi Granato as assistant general managers on Jan. 24 and Feb. 10, respectively.

“Diversity within the organization helps bring perspectives, different viewpoints, maybe even thinking outside the box,” Rheaume said. “When you can bring some of that in, it’s very beneficial for [an] organization, instead of always having the same process or the same thought. For me, coaching these young girls, every time they see someone getting a job somewhere, I can just tell how badly they want to play the game knowing they have something at the end. »