Road to PyeongChang: Shannon Szabados
A closer look at the goaltender from Edmonton, Alta., centralized with Canada’s National Women’s Team
Jason La Rose
December 15, 2017

Position: Goaltender
Hometown: Edmonton, Alta.
Birthdate: August 6, 1986
Club Team: Hockey Canada

Road to Centralization
1994-95: Northeast (Novice 2A)
1995-96: Northeast (Novice 1A)
1996-97: Northeast (Atom 2A)
1997-98: Confederation Vipers (Peewee 2B)
1998-99: Southwest Oil Kings (Peewee 1A)
1999-2000: Edmonton MLAC Brickmen (Peewee AA)
2000-01: Edmonton MLAC (Bantam AAA)
2001-03: Edmonton MLAC Maple Leafs (AMHL)
2003-05: Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL)
2005-06: Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)
2006-07: Fort Saskatchewan Traders (AJHL)
2007-09: Grant MacEwan College (ACAC)
2009-10: Centralized for Olympics
2010-11: Grant MacEwan College (ACAC)
2011-13: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (ACAC)
2013-14: Centralized for Olympics
2014-16: Columbus Cottonmouths (SPHL)
2016-17: Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs (CHL)

Team Canada Experience
International debut: August 16, 2005 vs. Finland
Canada’s National Women’s Team: 57GP 42-9-0 1.49GAA 15SO
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team: 14GP 9-2-0 1.74GAA 2SO

Olympic & World Championship Experience
2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 2-2-0 1.21GAA 2SO (silver medal)
2014 Olympic Winter Games – 3-0-0 0.96GAA 1SO (gold medal)
2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 2-1-0 1.48GAA 1SO (silver medal)
2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 3-0-0 2.72GAA 0SO (gold medal)
2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 1-1-0 1.42GAA 1SO (silver medal)
2010 Olympic Winter Games – 3-0-0 0.33GAA 2SO (gold medal)

Who has played the biggest role in getting you to centralization?
“My parents. The years of sacrifice and taking time off work to get me to the rink or where I needed to be, and the hours of working overtime or saving up to buy me the equipment I needed or to take me to tournaments and goalie schools I wanted to go to.”

When did you decide you wanted to play for Team Canada?
“Probably before I could even skate. Hockey has always been my passion and living in Canada where hockey is part of our identity as a country, wearing the Maple Leaf on my chest was always a dream.”

What is the most important thing hockey has given you?
“Without a doubt it’s life skills and experiences. I’ve gone places I would have never been able to go and learned so much about myself as a person. I am who I am today on, and more importantly off, the ice because of the things hockey has taught me and the places it has brought me.”

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


2018 OLY: CAN 5 – OAR 0 (Semifinal)
Wakefield scored 2G, sending Canada to a sixth-straight Olympic final.
2018 OLY: CAN 4 – KOR 0 (Preliminary)
Four players scored and Poulin had the SO to send Canada to the QFs.
2018 OLY: CZE 3 – CAN 2 SO (Preliminary)
Mason Raymond and René Bourque scored PP goals, but Canada fell to the Czech Republic in extra time.
2018 OLY: CAN 5 – SUI 1 (Preliminary)
René Bourque and Wojtek Wolski scored two goals each, leading Canada past Switzerland in its opener.