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Former Team Canada Player Jessica Campbell Makes History as First Woman NHL Assistant Coach with Seattle Kraken

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Former Team Canada player Jessica Campbell has shattered a significant barrier in the NHL by becoming the first woman to secure a role as an assistant coach with the Seattle Kraken. This historic appointment marks a pivotal moment for gender inclusion in the male-dominated league.

Campbell, who previously served as an assistant coach for Coachella Valley‘s AHL affiliate alongside head coach Dan Bylsma, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new position with the Kraken. Bylsma, who recently transitioned to head coach of the Kraken, commended Campbell’s dedication to player development and her exceptional ability to forge strong relationships with athletes.

With a notable background as a decorated player in the NCAA, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, and Canada’s women’s national team, Campbell’s appointment signifies a significant step forward for women in the hockey coaching realm.

Prior to joining the NHL, Campbell made waves as the first full-time female assistant coach in the AHL. Her impressive coaching resume includes stints with the German national team during the 2022 IIHF World Championships and with the Malmo Redhawks in Sweden.

The NHL Coaches Association’s Female Coaches Development Program, aimed at expanding the pool of female coaching candidates, highlights the league’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion within its coaching ranks.

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