Kings add former goaltender Manon Rheaume to front office staff

Former goaltender Manon Rheaume gives instructions to a player while behind the bench. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

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

The Kings said in a release Thursday that Rheaume will join the team as a hockey operations adviser 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 with "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, suiting up for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a pre-season contest 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 world women's hockey championships.

"I'm excited to join the Kings and look forward to working with our young players as they go through their individual development process," Rheaume said in a statement.

"There are so many elements that factor into a player's journey once they join an organization, and my focus will be on helping to provide them with the tools and guidance they need to ease that transition as they strive to reach their ultimate goal of playing in the NHL."

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

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

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