Three-time Olympic hockey silver medalist Julie Chu thinks it’s “awesome” that Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados has signed with a men’s hockey team.
“If the opportunities are there, and the women are able to be in an environment and atmosphere where they’re accepted … and there’s not the danger of the physical part of it, then absolutely” women should pursue opportunities in men’s leagues, Chu, a forward for the United States women’s hockey team, said at the inaugural “Best of U.S. Awards” honoring Olympic and Paralympic athletes Wednesday in Washington, D.C., where she was a presenter. “And I think in the goalie’s sense, that’s an easier transition because there’s not as much physical body contact with them.”
But even as Szabados gets her chance, Chu said the physical nature of the game will prevent many women from entering men’s leagues. And for that reason, she wants to focus on building a sustainable women’s league in North America.
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