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Jessica Campbell officially gets hired as the first female coach in the NHL


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Samer Dagher
July 3, 2024  (2:02 PM)
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First NHL female coach of the Seattle Kraken Jessica Campbell
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The Seattle Kraken have hired Jessica Campbell as an assistant coach, making her the first woman in NHL history to be behind the bench.

Jessica Campbell has officially been hired as an assistant coach by the Kraken, making her the NHL's first full-time female assistant coach 🔥👏

Bob Woods is also joining Dan Bylsma's coaching staff in Coachella Valley, along with assistant Dave Lowry, goaltending coach Steve Briere, video coach Tim Ohashi, and video assistant Brady Morgan.
«This is an important day for our organization,» said Kraken general manager Ron Francis. «We're bringing in valuable coaching experience to our staff and are confident that both Bob and Jessica will make an immediate impact for our team.»

For the past two seasons, the 32-year-old Campbell served as an assistant under Bylsma for the Coachella Valley Firebirds of the American Hockey League.
«During our tenure in Coachella Valley, I saw firsthand Jessica's commitment to player development,» said Bylsma, who was hired by the Kraken this off-season. «Her ability to establish relationships with her players, specifically Tye Kartye, Shane Wright and Ryker Evans, was an important factor in this hire. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with her at the NHL level.»

Source: TSN
Jessica Campbell will be the first woman on an NHL bench as assistant coach with the Seattle Kraken
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