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Finnish ice hockey player makes history

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The ice hockey history books were rewritten this week when Noora Räty became the first Finnish woman ever to play a game in the men’s second-tier league.

Raty played for Kiekko Vantaa and despite making 31 saves on the night was unable to prevent her side from suffering a 5-1 defeat.

Raty is on a one-year contract with the team and is expected to remain the number two goalie for most of the season.

The 25-year-old was part of Finland’s women’s national team that won bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Although Raty is the first Finnish woman to play in the league she is not the first woman to do so – that record belongs to Canadian Hayley Wickenheiser who featured for HC Salamat in 2004.