Teen goaltender makes Saskatchewan junior hockey history

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Taylor Keast has smashed a Saskatchewan junior hockey glass ceiling.

The 17-year-old goaltender became the first female player to dress for a regular season game in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, according to the Weyburn Review.

Keast suited up as a back-up goaltender for her hometown La Ronge Ice Wolves in a game Friday night against the Kindersley Klippers.

“It was pretty cool, I’ve grown up here, so when I was a little kid, I used to want to play for the Ice Wolves,” Keast told MBC Radio.  “It was fun, it was a really good experience.”

The Weyburn Review reported that while this was a first for the SJHL, a female player has laced up her skates to play in the Alberta Junior Hockey League before. Goaltender Shannon Szabados played in the AJHL from 2003 to 2007.