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Dawn of a new day: Mississauga woman named full-time NHL coach
BY KELLY ROCHE
A south Mississauga woman is believed to be the NHL’s first full-time female coach.
Dawn Braid, of Lorne Park, will be working behind the scenes as a power skating instructor with the Arizona Coyotes.
“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,” Braid said in a statement issued Wednesday.
“It’s been going on for years and I just look forward to going even further with it.”
Her decades-long resume includes stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks, and Calgary Flames.
Braid is well-known in local elite hockey circles — specifically at the Athlete Training Centre (ATC), where she was director of skating development for seven years.
“She’s a good coach. People want to go and learn from her,” said ATC founder Richard Clark, who runs the Ridgeway Dr. facility in southwest Erin Mills.
Braid instructed a variety of pro players – including New York Islanders centre John Tavares – and “everybody saw an improvement” in his game, said Clark, pointing out Tavares was drafted first overall in 2009.
In addition, Braid taught a number of OHL players, Clark said.
She spent last season with Arizona part-time and is joining former NHL defenseman Mike Van Ryn and former AHL forward Steve Potvin as part of the Coyotes staff.