Manon was also the first female to sign a contract as a professional hockey player, leading to a successful six-year career in the minor leagues. To this day, no other woman has played in any of the four major sports—the NHL, NFL, NBA, or MLB.
Rhéaume shares with audiences her amazing journey of chasing down a dream and refusing to be confined to stereotypes and prejudices. She draws from her book, Manon: Alone in Front of the Net on the kind of perseverance needed to go the distance and the importance of believing in yourself to achieve what everyone around you says is impossible. She is the subject of Angie Bullaro’s biographical novel, Breaking the Ice: The True Story of the First Woman to Play in the National Hockey League. Set for release in October 2020, the biography is chronicles Rhéaume's journey as the first and only woman to play in the NHL and features and afterword written by Rhéaume.
The lone female in a male-dominate industry, Rhéaume’s uplifting story resonates with men and women alike with a very simple message: When the rules say you can’t, break the rules. Goaltending for Team Canada, she won Gold Medals at the 1992 and 1994 World Hockey Championships and was named “Best Goaltender” in both events. Rhéaume went on to help lead Team Canada to Olympic Silver at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, the first Olympic games to feature women’s hockey as an official event.
Her ground-breaking achievement continues to inspire audiences and an entire generation of hockey players, from up-and-coming NHL pros to young girls just learning to string up their skates. She formed the Manon Rhéaume Foundation to give back to the community and the game of ice hockey by awarding scholarships to assist young women in fulfilling their aspirations. The Rheume Foundations work continues today as the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.
Manon's story is more than your typical sports story, though. It’s about going the distance, following your dreams to achieve the “impossible,” believing in yourself, and refusing to be confined to a certain stereotype or a prejudice. These subjects resonate now, more than ever, for both males and females.
•Pioneer in a male-dominate industry
•Follow your dreams to achieve the “impossible” despite the odds and/or setbacks
•Breaking barriers and stereotypes
•Overcome obstacles and don’t let “No” stop you
•Finding your inner strength & positive attitude
- Manon - Alone in Front of the Net
- Get Used to It
Manon Rhéaume debuted with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992, becoming the first and still the only female to play in an NHL game. She was also the first female to sign a contract to play professional hockey. As a member of Team Canada, Manon helped lead her team to win a Silver Medal at the 1998 Olympics. Now she’s sharing her story of the risks she took and barriers that were broken to become a pioneer in a male-dominated industry. Rhéaume brings audiences essential tools on how to overcome obstacles in your own career, engage men as allies, and step out of your comfort zone to succeed. Having been told to “get used to it” over and over again, Rhéaume had the odds stacked against her. This never stopped her from following her dreams and now she encourages you to do the same in both business and in life.