The ArizonaCoyotes broke a major barrier in professional hockey Wednesday with the hiring of Dawn Braid as their skating coach, making her the first female coach in NationalHockeyLeague history.
Braid has had a long history in the NHL. She previously worked with the Coyotes as a part-time skating coach last season, and has also worked with the TorontoMapleLeafs as a consultant.
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Braid is continuing the trend of recent triumphs for #women in sports. In the Rio Olympics, several women – including Simone Biles of the UnitedStates and Penny Oleksiak of Canada – rose to fame with their incredible achievements.
Braid joins a very exclusive group of women to work as full-time coaches in pro sports. Only Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs, Nancy Lieberman of the Sacramento Kings and Kathryn Smith of the Buffalo Bills have worked as coaches.
Braid worked seven years at Athletes Training Centre in Mississauga, Ont., instructing clients such as New York Islanders forward John Tavares and San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski.
Her resume is indeed attractive, and it’s hard to imagine how difficult it would have been for the Coyotes to turn down Braid.
“It’s something that I’ve wanted to see happen,” said Braid of her history making position.
Braid is further proving the power of women in sports. Perhaps her hiring is a turning point for the NHL – one step closer to the league hiring its first female head coach.
It really shouldn’t be such a far-fetched idea.