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Women’s Ice Hockey Goalie To Play For Men

Published tisdag 7 mars 2006 kl 14.04

The goalie in Sweden’s silver medal winning Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey team will become the first woman to play in a senior men’s league game this week.

Kim Martin, who’s just 19, will play for Malmö Redhawks against Bofors in the men’s second division on Wednesday.

In the Turin Olympics semi-final against the U.S., Martin saved 37 of 39 shots and then stonewalled four American shooters in a penalty shootout. The Swedes lost to Canada in the final.  

”Kim Martin has trained with us once a week for nearly the entire year and is well deserving of this chance,” Malmo coach Lars Bergstrom said in a statement on Tuesday.

”Naturally this is also good PR and a boost for Swedish women’s hockey going forward. But it is more than that. ”We think she deserves this chance. She is just that good.”

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