Olivia Howe makes mark as first female coach

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women and all the amazing things they do.

One woman doing amazing things is Olivia Howe, the assistant coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Howe is the first woman in Canadian Major Junior Hockey history to serve full-time as a coach.

She joined the Sports Cage this week to talk about her historic role.

Howe said that she doesn’t think too much about the history she made, she just looks at it as being a coach.

“The hype that followed was unexpected for me, but it’s been good for sure,” said Howe.

She added that being on the men’s side of the game is very different.

“Even just behind the scenes stuff, learning about how to manage your roster, and trades and all the scouting that goes into it,” said Howe. “It’s been a lot for me to take in.”

Howe said that the support of the Warriors organization has allowed her to ease into her role rather easily despite being the only woman in a league ran by men.

She pointed out the player’s openness to having a woman as a coach, has been a great help.

‘From the first minute being introduced to the guys, they all were very welcoming, and they’ve been very easy to work with,” said Howe. “Just dropping some pucks for faceoffs after practice is a little more rough than with the ladies, I can tell you that much.”

Howe hopes that her story can inspire a generation of women to follow in her footsteps.


(Picture: Courtesy MJ Warriors)

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