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Olympic women's hockey goalie scores practice gig with Edmonton Oilers

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 5:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Olympic women's hockey goalie scores practice gig with Edmonton Oilers

EDMONTON - Canadian women's hockey goalie Shannon Szabados has gone from winning gold in Sochi to helping out the Edmonton Oilers.

The Team Canada goalie filled in at practice for the National Hockey League team today while the Oilers waited for Viktor Fasth to arrive after a trade with Anaheim.

She got an invite last night after fans on Twitter tried to convince the team to put her on the roster as backup goalie for its game against Ottawa.

Szabados says she was thrilled by the social media campaign and the Oilers players welcomed her with open arms at practice.

She says she doubts the team will ask her to play in a real game.

But if they ever need her again for practice, she says she'll be ready.

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