Women in the NHL

There are several famous female ice hockey players. There are lists that name the most well-known and top females recognized for being ice hockey players. There are thousands of women working as ice hockey players in the world, but the information below focuses only the most prominent ones. Ice hockey players have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you’re a female seeking to be an ice hockey player, then the women listed should bring you encouragement.

People include everyone from Anqi Tan to Stefanie Marty.

While this isn’t a full list of all women ice hockey players, it does answer the question “Who are the most well-known female ice hockey players?” and “Who are the top women ice hockey players?”

Manon Rheaume broke the ice for females playing hockey at the NHL level.

In 1992, Rheaume was the first woman to play in an NHL game when she played goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues in an exhibition game. She permitted two goals on nine shots. She was in one more exhibition game against the Boston Bruins in 1993.

Since that time, no female has played in an NHL game, exhibition or otherwise.

Hayley Wickenheiser, the first female to score a goal while playing for a men’s

Hayley Wickenheiser

professional hockey team, doesn’t think it will happen again.

“No, I don’t think it’s realistic,” Wickenheiser said. “To be in an 82-game season at the NHL level, with the size of the male players and the speed, it would be very, very hard for a female to do so. Being on the European hockey rink, the larger ice surface, made it a slight easier. It was less physical. It would be pretty hard for a female to play at the NHL level.”