Sarnia Sting select female goalie Taya Currie in 2021 OHL Draft

Sarnia Sting (Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian women’s hockey history was made on Saturday as the first female was ever drafted in the Ontario Hockey League Draft. According to Rogers Sportsnet, goaltender Taya Currie of Parkhill, Ontario was selected in the 14th round, 267th overall by the Sarnia Sting.

There have been three Canadian female goaltenders to have played in the Canadian Hockey League according to Erin Walsh of Yardbarker. Canadian Olympic silver medalist Manon Rheaume of Beauport, Quebec played one game for the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 1991-92, and had a goals against average of 10.55 and a save percentage of only .750. Three-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Charline Labonte of Greenfield Park, Quebec played 28 games with Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1999 to 2001. She had a record of four wins, nine losses, and two ties, with a goals against average of 5.27 and a save percentage of .861. Two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados of Edmonton, Alberta played four exhibition games with the Tri-City Americans during the 2002-03 season.

Rheaume won a silver medal for Canada at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. Labonte won a gold medal for Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, and teamed up with Szabados to win gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Szabados then won silver for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. 

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