Arizona Coyotes Hire Dawn Braid, First Female NHL Coach

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The Arizona Coyotes made history on Wednesday by hiring Dawn Braid as a full-time skating coach. The hiring makes Arizona the first team in NHL history to have a woman as part of their full-time coaching staff.

Arizona Coyotes Hire Dawn Braid, First Female NHL Coach

Braid has long had an association with the league, working for Arizona in a part-time capacity last season, as well as previously serving as a consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, and Calgary Flames. She also worked as the director of skating development at the Athletes Training Center in Mississauga, Ontario, where she worked with players such as the New York Islanders’ John Tavares and San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski.

“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 said to NHL.com.

Braid follows Becky Hammon of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and Kathryn Smith of the NFL’sBraid has long had an association with the league, working for Arizona in a part-time capacity last season, as well as previously serving as a consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, and Calgary Flames. She also worked as the director of skating development at the Athletes Training Center in Mississauga, Ontario, where she worked with players such as the New York Islanders’ John Tavares and San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski., both their league’s first female coaches.

The Coyotes also made history earlier this year, hiring the youngest general manager in league history, 26-year-old John Chayka. The team also announced the hiring of Mike Van Ryn and Steve Potvin as development and skills coaches, respectively.

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