It's been a long time coming, that's for sure. The Arizona Coyotes of the NHL have hired the league's first full-time female coach. Dawn Braid is a skating consultant and coach who's been working with the NHL for many years. Her past teams include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, and Buffalo Sabres. She has also trained the New York Islanders captain John Tavares.
Braid worked part-time with the Coyotes last season, but her full-time position makes history in the NHL.
"It's something that I've wanted to see happen," said Braid in a statement released by the Coyotes. "The fact that they respect what I do enough to name me as a full-time coach, or to name me as the first female coach in the NHL, I take a ton of pride in that. I've worked very hard for this opportunity. It's been going on for years and I just look forward to going even further with it."
The General Manager of the Arizona Coyotes, John Chayaka, said, "Dawn is someone who we feel is at the top of her field so we thought it was imperative to hire her...the players work hard for her and respect her knowledge. The bottom line is she gets results."
The NHL now joins the likes of the NBA and NFL, who have both seen teams take on women as full-time coaches.
Congratulations, Dawn! And thank you for breaking down barriers for women everywhere in the sports industry!