6 Ways Women Have Broken the Ice in Men's Professional Hockey

Ice hockey among women is rising in popularity in virtually every part of the world.

According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, more female players have joined the game in the past two decades and the numbers continue to grow substantially.

USA Hockey reports that 67,230 women and girls were playing hockey last season, which appears to be an all-time high.

But do you know the women who have skated alongside the men in men's professional hockey?

Check out the gallery above to learn about the women who have broken the ice in men's professional hockey.

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Gallery

Manon Rheaume | Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game when she played goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blue in an exhibition contest, according to ESPNw. She also played an exhibition game against the Boston Bruins in 1993. She played one period, facing nine shots and saving seven  of them, according to the Huffington Post.  Photo Credit: B Bennett via Getty Images

Hilary Knight | Two-time U.S. Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight practiced with the Anaheim Ducks in 2014 as part of World Girls' Ice Hockey Week, according to the NHL. The NHL reports that Knight took part in keep-away, shooting drills, and even took part in a shootout battle with goalie Frederik Andersen at the end of the practice.  Photo Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Robin Herman | New York Times reporter Robin Herman spent a year trying to persuade NHL teams to allow women reporters access to athletes in the post-game locker room. In 1975, Herman became the first female reporter to enter a professional sports locker room, when the NHL allowed female reporters to be given the same access as male reporters in the N.H.L. Photo Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hayley Wickenheiser | Five-time Olympic medalist Haley Wickenheiser became the first female hockey player to score a goal in a men's professional game with the Kirkkonummen Salamat of the Finnish second division in January 2003. She is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world.  Photo Credit: Lucas Oleniuk via Getty Images

Angela Ruggiero | Angela Ruggiero was the first woman non-goalie to play professional men’s hockey in North America, playing with the Tulsa Oilers alongside her brother, Bill, according to Women's Sports Foundation. She also was the first female defenseman in the Central Hockey League, Angela  Photo Credit: Harry How via Getty Images

Nicole Kirnan | In 2013, Nicole Kirnan became the first woman to coach a men's professional hockey team. She coached the final five games for the Federal League's 1000 Islands Privateers. Kirnan was the owner and president of the team as well.  Photo Credit: Mayor Graham's View Blog