Shannon Szabados, Canada’s No. 1 goalie at the last two Olympics, remains unsure if or when she will return to the national team, according to Postmedia News.
“I’ve got some time to figure it out,” Szabados said, according to the report. “I’m getting a bit older, and I’ve been there [to the Olympics] twice, but I still enjoy putting on the jersey and representing our country … Who knows how my body will hold up?”
Szabados, 30, played in the Southern Professional Hockey League — a men’s league — for the Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths the last two seasons and said she has seen snow once in that time frame.
In May, Cottonmouths head coach and general manager Jerome Bechard said Szabados told him that she was unsure about the 2018 Olympics, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
Szabados didn’t play in either the 2015 or 2016 World Championships, where Canada lost to the U.S. in both finals. Worlds take place during the Southern Professional Hockey League season.
“I haven’t had the chance to jump back in, but the Olympics is still a year and a half away,” Szabados said, according to Postmedia News.
Szabados is not yet committed to a professional team for the 2016-17 season. She ranked in the bottom half of the league’s goalies in statistics in her two full Columbus seasons.
2014-15: 3.12 GAA, .907 SV%
2015-16: 3.63 GAA, .910 SV%