Shannon Szabados Named SPHL Player of the Week
The Southern Professional Hockey League has announced that Shannon Szabados of the Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths has been named their Player of the Week for March 16-22.
Szabados won both games she started this week, giving up only 2 goals on 67 shots for a .970 save percentage and 1.00 GAA. She has won her last eight starts with a .932 save percentage and 2.25 GAA, the SPHL noted. She and fellow Cottonmouths goaltender Andrew Loewen have helped Columbus climb into second place in the league.
Szabados is widely considered one of the top female netminders in the world and garnered international attention with her performance at the Sochi Olympic games in 2014, when she helped lead Canada to a gold medal.
After practicing with the Edmonton Oilers in March 2014, Szabados joined the Cottonmouths, becoming the first female player in North America to play professionally in a men’s league. Szabados re-signed with Columbus in August. This season she has a .910 save percentage and a 3.04 GAA with a 15-8-1 record.