The LA Kings announced on Thursday they have hired Manon Rheaume to be their Hockey Operations and Prospect Advisor. The position is a front-office position, and according to the Kings, she will focus on prospect development. Nelson Emerson is the Director of Player Personnel for the Los Angeles Kings, the department Rheaume will be working out of.
Per the LA Kings via their website, Emerson had this to say about Rheaume:
“Manon is an excellent communicator who brings a unique perspective and will play an important role in our hockey operations department,” said Emerson. “She has the skill set to help bridge the gap for our young players throughout their development cycle and will be tasked with helping to introduce and maintain a level of understanding and accountability for our players as they work in conjunction with our development staff.”
Rheaume was a goaltender during her playing career and is a hockey trailblazer. She is the first woman in history to appear in an NHL game – doing so on September 23rd, 1992, for the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the St. Louis Blues. In 1998, the Olympics featured women’s hockey for the first time, and she won a silver medal with Team Canada.
The Los Angeles Kings will open their 2022-23 regular season on October 11th, 2022, at home against the Vegas Golden Knights. They are coached by Todd McLellan, and their general manager is former NHL defenseman, Rob Blake.