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Three-time Olympian Shannon Szabados comes to the Queen City

Michelle Jay

The Buffalo Beauts continue to make history, announcing the addition of pioneering goaltender Shannon Szabados. The Canadian national team netminder brings two Olympic gold medals to Buffalo, and was the runner-up in the 2018 games, losing to the American team in the shootout.

She was named the best goaltender in the tournament for the second time in her career.

Szabados last played professionally in the SPHL, first with the Columbus Cottonmouths and then with the Peoria Rivermen. Prior to her debut in men’s professional hockey, Szabodos was the first female athlete to play in the WHL.

The veteran netminder has a .946 save percentage in seven years of international competition. Her goals against in that time is an incredible 1.37.

Buffalo has been home to legendary goaltenders throughout its hockey history, and the Buffalo Beauts only continue to add to that mythology. Alongside gold medalist Nichole Hensley, there is arguably no better goaltending duo than Szabados and Hensley.

A press conference will be held on June 28, with a conference call to follow. Die By The Blade will continue its coverage following these events.