Goalie Shannon Szabados made history Saturday night when the two-time Olympic gold medalist led the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League onto the ice for their game against the Knoxville Ice Bears.
Szabados, who helped Canada win the women's ice hockey gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, stopped 27 shots but wound up losing when Knoxville overcame an early two-goal deficit for a 4-3 victory before 4,295 fans in Columbus, Ga.
"It was fun," Szabados told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer after becoming the first female player in the SPHL's 10-year history. "I saw a few Szabados shirts out there. It was definitely a great moment."