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Three-time Olympian Shannon Szabados signs with the Beauts

Arguably one of the best goaltenders in women's hockey will be a Buffalo Beaut this season.

The team announced Wednesday they have signed Shannon Szabados.

Szabados has been mainstay of Team Canada, backstopping the Canadians to gold medals in 2010 and 2014 while settling for silver in 2018.

While she gained gold medals with Team Canada, she made headlines by playing professional hockey with the men, mostly in the Southern Professional Hockey League. On Nov. 24, 2014, she made 34 saves to become the first female goaltender to win an SPHL game when the Columbus Cottonmouths defeated the Fayetteville FireAnts, 5-4, in overtime.

Szabados then became the first woman to record a shutout in a men's professional hockey league game, making 33 saves in a 3-0 win for the Cottonmouths over the Huntsville Havoc on Dec. 27, 2015.

"This is a monumental signing for our team and for the NWHL, and we cannot wait to see Shannon in a Beauts jersey," General Manager Nik Fattey said. "Her international pedigree and unprecedented success in men's leagues demonstrate the quality of play she’ll bring to our crease this season."

Szabados is scheduled to meet with the media Thursday.

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