Another barrier has cracked ― this time on the ice.
Dawn Braid has become the first woman to coach full-time in the National Hockey League after she was named Wednesday as the Arizona Coyotes’ skating coach, NHL.com reported.
“It’s something that I’ve wanted to see happen,” Braid told NHL.com. “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.”
Braid worked a part-time gig with the Coyotes last season and had consulted for several other teams previously.
USA Today notes that Braid joins a small group of women who are full-time female coaches in major league sports. Among them are Becky Hammon of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and Kathryn Smith of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.
“We believe that she is the first full-time female coach in the NHL,” Coyotes rep Rich Nairn told For The Win.
The decision to hire Braid was a no-brainer for team brass.
“We feel that Dawn can provide a real competitive advantage for our team,” Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said, per the Arizona Republic. “The game is getting faster and it’s all about skating.”
“The bottom line is she gets results,” he added.