A second Olympic women’s goalie has signed with a men’s pro team in less than a week.
Finland’s Noora Raty signed a one-year deal with a club in Finland, according to Finnish reports. Last week, Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados signed with the American minor-league club Columbus Cottonmouths after practicing with the Edmonton Oilers.
Raty, 24, said at the Olympics that she was ready to retire from the sport if she couldn’t find a suitable, competitive league. She starred at the University of Minnesota, helping the team to a 41-0 record and NCAA Championship in her senior year in 2012-13.
Though Raty seems to have found a landing spot, she only expects to serve as a backup for the Finnish team Kiekko Vantaa in the nation’s second highest division, according to broadcaster YLE.
”Even though the contract has been signed, that doesn’t guarantee anything,” Raty said. “The challenge will be big. Now I need to work hard and change words into deeds.”
Raty follows in the path of Canadian stalwart Hayley Wickenheiser, who played for a Finnish club team 10 years ago.