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NHL community celebrates International Women's Day

Teams, broadcasters mark occasion on Twitter @NHLdotcom

International Women's Day, which celebrates the movement for women's rights, is March 8. Members of the NHL community took to Twitter to mark the day and thank the influential women in their lives:

Tweet from @NHLJets: To all the women whose passion and dedication inspire us on and off the ice, Happy #InternationalWomensDay

Tweet from @sensfoundation: Happy #InternationalWomensDay to all the dedicated and community-oriented women who help make #ottawa a better place.

Jamie Hersch from NHL Network thanked the important women in her life.

Tweet from @JamieHersch: Happy #InternationalWomensDay !! So inspired by the countless women in my life climbing mountains and working toward the greater good. ��������

Jamison Coyle, also from NHL Network, thanked all the women in his life.

Tweet from @JamisonCoyle: To my wife, mom, female friends and coworkers, happy #InternationalWomensDay. You are all beautiful!

Center Brooks Laich sent a special shout out to his fiancée, actress Julianne Hough.

Tweet from @brookslaich: Today is #internationalwomensday and I would like to honor my amazing fianc��e @juliannehough! You are the best part of every day, I love you

It is also a day to recognize women who have had an influence on hockey, such as:

Lady Isobel Stanley:  Daughter of Lord Stanley of Preston, was one of the first women known to have played the game. She was said to have joined her brothers in playing an instrumental role in convincing her father to donate the Cup that is the focal point of the NHL.

Lady Byng. Wife of the viscount Byng of Vimy, a hero at Vimy Ridge and Governor General from 1921-26, she actually donated two Lady Byng Trophies for gentlemanly play -- the original, which Frank Boucher won so many times she just said, "Keep it," and the successor trophy, which was presented until her death in 1949. After that, the NHL donated the trophy that is presented today -- the third version.

Colleen Howe. The first woman agent in hockey, she looked after her husband Gordie and her sons' business affairs.

Louise St. Jacques. The official "engraver" of the Stanley Cup for more than 25 years.

Marguerite Norris. The first woman Club executive in NHL history and the first woman -- and one of the few to this day -- to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup. Was the Detroit Red Wings club president from 1952-55. Detroit finished first all three years and won the Stanley Cup in 1954 and 1955.

Manon Rheaume. Winner of two gold medals at the women's World Championships and an Olympic silver medal in 1998 with Canada, was the first woman to play in an NHL game -- in the preseason -- when Phil Esposito signed her to a contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. She played one preseason period that year and one period in the 1993 preseason. Rheaume was the first woman to appear in a regular-season professional game, playing for Atlanta of the International Hockey League.

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