Los Angeles Kings add Canadian Olympian Manon Rheaume to front desk staff

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have hired former star goaltender Manon Rheaume to a front-office role, bolstering the recent trend of women landing high-profile jobs on NHL teams.

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have hired former star goaltender Manon Rheaume to a front-office role, bolstering the recent trend of women landing high-profile jobs on NHL teams.

The Kings announced in a statement Thursday that Rheaume would join the team as a hockey operations advisor with a focus on prospect development.

She will report to the Kings director of player personnel, Nelson Emerson.

Rheaume, who will be based in Michigan, will also be involved in “designated assignments within the hockey operations department,” the team said.

Rheaume made history in 1992 when she became the first woman to play in an NHL game, adapting to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a preseason game against the St. Louis Blues. .

She won a silver medal as a goaltender with Canada at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the first to feature a women’s hockey tournament. She also helped Canada win gold at the 1992 and 1994 women’s hockey world championships.

“I am thrilled to join the Kings and look forward to working with our young players through their individual development process,” Rheaume said in a statement.

“There are so many things that go into a player’s journey once they join an organization, and my focus will be to help provide them with the tools and guidance they need to facilitate this transition as he strives to achieve his ultimate goal of playing in the NHL.”

The NHL has seen several women hired into senior roles over the past month, with Kate Madigan (New Jersey), Hayley Wickenheiser (Toronto) and Meghan Hunter (Chicago) landing assistant general manager positions with their clubs.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Kraken recently named former Canadian national team member Jessica Campbell as their American Hockey League affiliate’s assistant coach.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 7, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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