Manon Rheaume has braved the bruising world of pro ice hockey and survived. After playing junior hockey in Quebec, she became the NHL's only female player at age 20, when she was invited to try out for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. Although she did not stick in the big leagues, she did appear in the first period of a Lightning exhibition game that fall against the St. Louis Blues, making five saves and allowing two goals. "It was only one period," she said modestly. She has stayed on her skates since then, as a member of the Canadian women's national team, and, since last fall, as the lone female member of the Western Hockey League's Reno Renegades.

 

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