Kings' Aisha Visram Becomes 1st Woman to Work NHL Regular-Season Game Behind Bench

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 14, 2022

MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 09:  A detailed view of the Los Angeles Kings logo seen during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Centre Bell on November 9, 2021 in Montreal, Canada.  The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Kings athletic trainer Aisha Visram will become the first woman to work an NHL regular-season game behind the bench in Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Visram is currently the head athletic trainer of the Ontario Reign, the Kings' AHL affiliate, and is filling in as a trainer for the Kings.

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The <a href="https://twitter.com/LAKings?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LAKings</a> are proud to have Aisha Visram, head athletic trainer of the <a href="https://twitter.com/ontarioreign?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ontarioreign</a>, serving on the bench as an athletic trainer tonight.<br><br>According to <a href="https://twitter.com/PHATS_SPHEM?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PHATS_SPHEM</a>, Aisha is believed to be the first female to work a regular-season <a href="https://twitter.com/NHL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NHL</a> game behind the bench in any capacity.

She joined the Reign last February after previously working with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder. During her time with the Thunder, she served as the ECHL’s Eastern Conference representative on the ECHL Athletic Trainers Advisory Committee.

Women have taken on an increasingly large role across the NHL, with Dawn Braid becoming the first female full-time coach in league history in 2016 when she joined the Arizona Coyotes as a skating coach.