H'town's Hill Plays Pro Hockey with Woman

By KBJR News 1

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM CST

Columbus, GA (NNCNOW.com) --- Hermantown, Minn. native Ryan Hill was part of hockey history this past Saturday night, playing on the opposing team of the first-ever woman to play in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).

Shannon Szabados was the starting goaltender on Saturday for the Columbus Cottonmouths, thus becoming the first-ever woman to play in a game for an SPHL franchise.

Szabados, who is fresh off leading Canada to the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, made 27 saves but took the loss in a 4-3 decision for the Knoxville Ice Bears.

"It was definitely something different, not something you could ignore," Hill said. "She played pretty well. She handled her business. It was a fun night. There were a lot of cameras there and the crowd was a little bigger, so we had fun with it too."

Saturday's game was the first for Szabados since the Olympic gold medal final, although she did practice on March 5 with the Edmonton Oilers.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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