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More Women Needed In The NHL

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

While other sports, slowly but surely, are putting women on the sidelines or in the big chair in the front offices, hockey has been a bit slower to include. There has, however, a spate of hires in the last few years. Taking stock of the NHL from a gender diversity perspective:

▪ The most visible of women in US hockey has been former Northeastern star Kendall Coyne Schofield, who blazed a lap around the rink at NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose in 2019 and captains Team USA. This past week, she became the Blackhawks’ first female development coach, working primarily with AHL Rockford.

Coyne Schofield, who was a Sharks broadcaster for NBC Sports California while a community liaison for the Blackhawks, will also work as a “youth hockey growth specialist,” focusing on grassroots programs and clinics, implementation of girls’ hockey programming, and the continued enhancement of her namesake all-girls program, the Golden Coynes....

Also working in the Blackhawks’ front office: former Wisconsin standout Meghan Hunter, recently promoted to director of hockey administration and amateur scout, and Mary DeBartolo, hired last year as a hockey analytics coordinator.

▪ Still 0-0-0 lifetime, the Seattle Kraken hired Cammi Granato, believed to be the first full-time female scout for an NHL team. They also have Alexandra Mandrycky, formerly of the Wild, as director of hockey administration. Mandrycky, who coordinates amateur/pro scouting, contracts, and salary-cap considerations, started off with the now-defunct analytics website war-on-ice.com....

The Sharks hired Deborah Wright as a part-time scout in 1992, making her the first female scout in the league. Angela Gorgone, who became an assistant to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello in 1989, joined the expansion Ducks in 1993. At 26, she was using her wiz-kid computer skills as the fledgling team’s scouting coordinator during their break-in years and became the first female assistant GM in 1996. She was out of the game by 2000, later telling The Hockey News she was burned out by the schedule.

▪ The NHL has no female GMs, assistant GMs, directors of player personnel, head coaches or assistant coaches. Only a few teams have women in hockey operations who are not executive assistants, travel coordinators, or similar roles.

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The Hurricane's avatar

Why? What do genitals have to do with ANYTHING? Seems to me that if there was a brilliant hockey mind that just so happened to have a vagina, that would necessarily and ONLY be the right choice for the job. Back when hockey used to be about financials and economics and a free market, any human being that could make a difference was the perfect choice…regardless what they had between their legs, who they slept with, the color of their skin, or who they voted for. This identity politics is gonna kill hockey too. Best PERSON for the job…period.

Again, maybe it’s simply a poorly written headline, but why are more women NEEDED?

Posted by The Hurricane on 11/29/20 at 02:15 PM ET

Erik's avatar

This is the Age of Affirmative Action. White men need to be completely phased out quickly and be replaced by unconventional magical thinkers who are a lot less competent. We need our society to be run by these square pegs who make us all bear the shame and shed our unworthy status of world superpower.

Only when this happens will the US be whole again.

Posted by Erik on 12/01/20 at 08:31 AM ET

Paul's avatar

from Scott Burnside of The Athletic,

Despite the recent hires in Chicago and Hershey, there are no women behind the bench anywhere in the pro or minor-pro circuits of men’s hockey, NHLCA officials said.

There are currently no women in full-time coaching roles anywhere in NCAA men’s hockey, either, save for a couple of volunteer goaltending coaches, according to information provided by College Hockey Inc.

On the women’s side at the NCAA level, there were eight female head coaches in Division I in 2019. But that’s compared to 17 male head coaches. There were 34 female assistant coaches and numbers have remained fairly constant since 2012, according to data provided by the NCAA.

After the Vancouver draft Artkin and NHLCA executive director Michael Hirshfeld brainstormed ways to use their most precious resource, NHL coaches, to connect not just with aspiring coaches at every level of the game but specifically with female coaches.

The Female Coaches Development Program was born. Launched on International Women’s Day on March 8, just days before COVID-19 stopped the NHL season and the world, the mentorship initiative set out “to support female coaches in several areas including skills development, leadership strategies, communication tactics, networking and career advancement opportunities.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/01/20 at 08:38 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar


What I don’t hear and/or see is any evidence that qualified females are being shunned in an ole boys network. Maybe that exists, I would dare to say, it probably does exist, so that should be the focus, let’s hear that, who is the talent, what is their talent, etc.  But to just make the statement, need more, is not good in my opinion, and will make skeptics like me question whether jobs are earned on talent or gender when they are in the position.

As an example, the female color commentator on NBC in my opinion is terrible, is she on the call just because she’s a female? She’s very bland, has no pop in her call, she often confuses names and topics, and sometimes makes no sense in her analysis.  She frankly reminds me of a Larry Murphy with less knowledge, and I don’t think either should be calling national or playoff games.

On this topic, I will just give a shout out to a local fantastic female coach for any of you Detroit hockey parents or coaches.  Kim Muir skating coach out of Plymouth runs a great program, and has coached many players that are now in the bigs, and has coached players that are in the bigs that wanted to refine their stride, Glendenning as an example.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 12/01/20 at 12:06 PM ET

Paul's avatar

MC, Kendall Coyne Schofield, the woman for the NBC broadcasts, was recently hired by the Blackhawks as Player Development Coach & Youth Hockey Growth Specialist.  So she is out and it should be interesting to see if NBC replaces her.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/01/20 at 12:14 PM ET


Seems to me that if there was a brilliant hockey mind that just so happened to have a vagina, that would necessarily and ONLY be the right choice for the job.

Yes. Exactly. That is LITERALLY the point the article is making.

Interesting that you’re arguing AGAINST it, but you’re also MAKING THEIR POINT.

Does having a vagina mean you can’t talk intelligently about hockey?

Posted by Erik on 12/01/20 at 08:31 AM ET

Your childish fragility is hilarious.

As an example, the female color commentator on NBC in my opinion is terrible, is she on the call just because she’s a female?

And all the male ones are great, right? Big fan of Pierre Maguire and Mike Milbury, are you?

And just as a counterpoint: Cassie Campbell-Pascale is leagues ahead of 90% of the Sportsnet/HNiC roster.

How is it that white men are so eager to play the downtrodden victim?

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s snowing outside and I’m going to try to catch a few more snowflakes…

Posted by PresidentJoeByzerman on 12/01/20 at 04:13 PM ET

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