Dawn Braid made history this past Wednesday, but she can’t say she ever expected it.
When the Arizona Coyotes hired Braid, 52, as their skating coach, she became the first woman ever brought on as a full-time coach for an NHL team. Other women have held part-time jobs behind the scenes in coaching capacities, including Braid herself, but her new post is historic. And even though it’s been celebrated and written about throughout the hockey world, Braid isn’t even convinced she’s the first.
“If I am the first, that’s great and it’s quite an honor, but I honestly don’t know,” Braid told THN. “I’ve never promoted that, neither have the Coyotes, but if (I am), that’s great. It’s an honor, but I really don’t know if that’s fact. I’m just excited and thrilled about the opportunity.”
But Braid’s success isn’t an overnight thing and she didn’t come out of nowhere to land a full-time gig with the Coyotes. Her hiring by Arizona GM John Chayka and coach Dave Tippett is the culmination of decades of hard work. Nearly three and a half decades, in fact. Read more