Skate coach Braid drills Roadrunners on technique

Skate coach Braid drills Roadrunners on technique

TUCSON, AZ - The Tucson Roadrunners first season in the desert comes to an end on Saturday night in Stockton.

It marks one more chance for the squad to put to use some of the skills they've learned this season from Coyotes head skating instructor Dawn Braid.

Braid was hired last August to much fanfare becoming the first female to hold a full-time coaching position in the National Hockey League.

She had previously worked as a consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabers and Calgary Flames as well as training in one-on-one sessions with notable NHL players John Tavares (New York Islanders), Michael Cammalleri (New Jersey Devils) and Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars).

The Roadrunners got out of the gates fast with a 4-1 start to their inaugural season.

They were 20-13 on January 18 when the squad hit the skids.

The Roadrunners would lose 14 of their next 16 games as the roster shuffle between Tucson and the NHL home club in Phoenix intensified.

Tucson enters their season-finale in 7th place (28-39) in the Pacific Division.

Face off against the Stockton Heat is 7:30 p.m.

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