The list of female sports pioneers has certainly grown in the past year with the first female assistant coaching intern in the NFL, the first female full-time assistant coach in the NFL, and the first female editor in chief of a U.S. sports magazine. And now it's the National Hockey League's turn to break the glass ceiling.
In a series of coaching staff additions on Wednesday, the Arizona Coyotes announced that Dawn Braid has been hired as the team's skating coach — becoming the first female full-time coach in the NHL.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity with the Coyotes," Braid told The Arizona Republic. "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."
Braid's NHL résumé includes working part-time as a skating consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, and Calgary Flames.
"Dawn has consulted with a lot of different NHL teams and has had a lot of success," Coyotes General Manager John Chayka told SportsNet. "She's gotten results from every player she's worked with and they've got a ton of respect for her. [Coyotes head coach] Dave Tippett and myself wanted to integrate her into our staff and bring her onboard."
People on social media congratulated Braid for making NHL history: