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Manon Rhéaume: Woman Behind the Mask

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In 1992, Manon Rhéaume, a young woman from Lac Beauport, Québec, made history as the first and only female ever to play in the National Hockey League. Manon Rhéaume: Woman Behind the Mask is an intimate portrait of this remarkable goalie who just wanted the chance to play hockey. Filmmaker Wendy Hill-Tout charts Rhéaume's rise from her first forays onto the neighbourhood rink to her struggles to play professional hockey with men. Having endured intense media pressure and the loneliness of the road, Rhéaume returns to play for the Canadians in the first Olympic women's hockey series. Combining grace and determination, Rhéaume emerges as a trailblazer for women in hockey: a sportswoman who balances new motherhood and marriage with her drive to play the game she loves. Featuring interviews from hockey greats such as Phil Esposito and USA team captain Cammi Granato, this story will inspire athletes, fans and general audiences alike.

2000, 47 min