Manon: Alone in Front of the Net
Unmasked: pro hockey's first female goalie tells her own storyShe didn't get to this level because she's a girl. She got here because she's good. -- ... Show synopsis Unmasked: pro hockey's first female goalie tells her own storyShe didn't get to this level because she's a girl. She got here because she's good. -- Paolo Racicot, Captain of the Trois-Rivieres DraveursShe is one of those rare athletes -- and there aren't many of them -- who appeal to the general population, not just those in her sport. -- Mary Ormsby, The Toronto StarWhat's it like being the first woman ever to play professional hockey?It's being 20 years old, with every move you make scrutinized by the coach, the players, the hockey scouts and the Hollywood scouts who want to make a movie and tell the world all about you.It's having to borrow an outfit from one of your teammates when your luggage gets lost somewhere between Quebec City and Tampa Bay -- only your teammate is seven inches taller and 60 pounds heavier than you.More than anything, it's making a dream come true -- the dream of any young person with talent, fierce determination and that special quality that sets you apart in the brutally competitive world of professional sports.From the time she was four years old, commanded by her big brothers to play goal, Manon Rheaume minded the net. Her ability took her all the way to the position of starting goalie for the Canadian Women's World Champions 1990 hockey team and on to the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs, an men's Major Junior A league team. Her play for the Draveurs, just one notch down from the pros, coupled with her appearance for the Tampa Bay Lightning in an NHL exhibition game, has created huge media and fan interest.This behind-the-scenes look at the first woman in professional hockey -- both on and off the ice -- offers Manon Rheaume'sunique and candid perspective. Just in time for the hockey season, Manon: Alone in Front of the Net will be a much talked about sports title and a book that young people especially will enjoy.