Jessica Campbell to become only second woman to coach NHL game as Seattle Kraken open preseason play
The Seattle Kraken invited Coachella Valley Firebirds assistant coach Jessica Campbell to be behind the bench for their preseason game against the Calgary Flames, Monday. Campbell will become the second woman to ever coach an NHL game when the puck drops at Climate Pledge Arena.
Campbell is currently entering her second season as an assistant for Coachella Valley after being hired in July 2022. There, as a member of Dan Bylsma’s staff, she became the first-ever female assistant coach in the AHL and helped the Firebirds reach the Calder Cup Finals in the team’s inaugural season. They ultimately fell to the Hershey Bears in in overtime of Game Seven.