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Szabados practices with the Oilers

Shannon Szabados
Shannon Szabados
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According to CBC Sports on Wednesday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados of Edmonton, Alberta practiced with the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers were in need of a practice goaltender because Viktor Fasth, who was acquired by the Oilers on Tuesday, had not arrived in Edmonton yet from the Anaheim Ducks.

Szabados, considered as the best women's goaltender in the world, has been excellent for team Canada in recent years, leading her country to two consecutive gold medals at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Szabados has a history of playing with men. She has played with Grant McEwan and NAIT in the Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference and for the Tri-City Americans in the Western Hockey League.

Szabados thanked the Oilers for the experience on twitter, "What a great experience today. Thanks @EdmontonOilers staff, players, AND fans for being a world class organization."

Many of Szabados's fans were hoping Szabados would be the Oilers' backup goaltender last night against Ottawa, but the team went with Kurtis Mucha of the University of Alberta Golden Bears instead.

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