British Columbia Sun

Placing women in top jobs in men’s sports is about succeeding

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Key takeaways: 

  • The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and the CFL’s B.C. Lions lately engaged women for top positions.
  • The B.C. Lions were the first CFL team to employ a female manager after defensive assistant Tanya Walter.

When Cammi Granato was young, she had a dream: she and her hockey-mad brothers would prevail in the lottery, purchase a hockey squad, and handle it together. 

This plan, they figured, was the only way Granato, as a girl, would be able to donate.

Tony and Don Granato went on to have careers in the NHL, and now, their sister is one of two females lately hired as assistant general managers of the Vancouver Canucks.

“I didn’t think I would see that come so fast — in my lifetime,” stated Granato, now 51. 

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When Cammi Granato was young, she had a dream: she and her hockey-mad brothers would prevail in the lottery, purchase a hockey squad, and handle it together

Cammi Granato, who may be most recognizable to Canadians as the ex-skipper of Team USA, is one of two women lately employed as assistant general managers of the Vancouver Canucks. 

But there was no lottery win required to get here — Cammi Granato has had a unique and diverse hockey career, built despite the obstacles and exhaustion that came with being the first woman in nearly every job she took. 

Granato, who may be most recognizable to Canadians as the ex-captain of Team USA, where she played for 15 years, arrives in Vancouver after three years of scouting for the Seattle Kraken. The other new deputy general manager, Emilie Castonguay, was the first female certified agent in the league, negotiating big contracts with top performers.

Jim Rutherford, president of hockey operations for the Canucks, states these are not token employment. It’s about prevailing — something the team, which missed this year’s playoffs, ought to do. “My goal was to bring different people, who took different roads in the hockey world — to get different ideas, different voices,” said Rutherford.

Source – cbc.ca

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