Team hires first full-time female NHL coach

The Arizona Coyotes broke a major barrier in professional hockey on Wednesday afternoon with the hiring of Dawn Braid as their skating coach, making her the first full-time female coach in the NHL.

“We believe that she is the first full-time female coach in the NHL,” head of media relations Rich Nairn told For The Win.

According to NHL.com, Braid has a long history with the league.

Braid worked with the Coyotes as a part-time skating coach last season and previously worked as a consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. Before that, she spent seven years as the director of skating development at Athletes Training Centre in Mississauga, Ont., instructing clients that included New York Islanders captain John Tavares. Her first NHL client was San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski.

The Coyotes already have the youngest general manager in any major sport with John Chayka, and now they have the first full-time female coach as well.

Braid joins a (very) small group of full-time female coaches in major league sports, including Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs, Nancy Lieberman of the Sacramento Kings and Kathryn Smith of the…

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