New ground for WHL’s first fe­male coach

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS -

MOOSE JAW, Sask. — the Moose Jaw War­riors are be­lieved to have hired the first fe­male coach in Western Hockey League his­tory.

Olivia Howe, a na­tive of Moose Jaw, Sask., has been named a coach­ing as­sis­tant with her home­town club af­ter serv­ing as a guest coach dur­ing train­ing camp.

the WHL has no records of any other fe­male coach in the league’s his­tory.

“It’s been re­ally sur­pris­ing the feed­back and re­ac­tion I’ve got,” Howe said.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to start here. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity. be­ing from Moose Jaw, it’s just awe­some.”

Howe played Ncaa hockey at clark­son univer­sity in Pots­dam, N.y., from 2012 to ’16, win­ning a na­tional cham­pi­onship in ’14.

af­ter her time at clark­son, she re­turned to her home province to be­gin her coach­ing ca­reer with a ju­nior women’s team.

Howe, 25, is a grad­u­ate of the Notre dame Hounds pro­gram in Saskatchew­an. She helped the Hounds win the esso cup na­tional cham­pi­onship in ’11.

She joins a coach­ing staff led by last year’s na­tional ju­nior team coach, tim Hunter.

“It’s great to have an­other per­spec­tive in the dress­ing room and in the coach’s of­fice — a fe­male that’s played at the high­est level in the Ncaa and won a na­tional cham­pi­onship,” Hunter said.

War­riors GM alan Mil­lar said Howe will be “an eye in the sky” dur­ing games, work­ing from the press box.

Howe is look­ing for­ward to ex­pand­ing her hockey re­sume.

“It’s def­i­nitely a lot dif­fer­ent com­ing from the fe­male game, so (there’s) a lot to learn,” she said.

“dif­fer­ent styles of play. the way the women play the game, ob­vi­ously, no check­ing and what-not. there’s a bunch of fac­tors that add into this. It’s go­ing to be re­ally ex­cit­ing to learn a lot with the team.”

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