The detour to Germany paid off for Jessica Campbell: The former Canadian national ice hockey player is now pursuing a career in North America. The NHL club Seattle Kraken committed the 30-year-old as an assistant coach for his new farm team Coachella Valley Firebirds in the AHL.
There Campbell, who was part of the coaching team for the Nuremberg Ice Tigers in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) and for the German national team at the World Cup in Finland in May, will be the first woman in an AHL gang to become an assistant to the former Stanley in the coming season Cup winner Dan Bylsma.
“Jessica’s strength is her ability and gift for developing players who understand all aspects of the game and what it takes to be successful on and off the ice,” said Bylsma, who won the 2009 NHL championship with the Pittsburgh Penguins. title won.
The experiences in Germany would have helped her, emphasized Campbell: “I feel confident and ready. There was no nervousness or fear.” At the World Cup, “there was a moment when I realized I was coaching NHL players and competing against NHL players. My words were appreciated and I was respected. I realized I could do it.” The German World Cup team also included NHL pros Philipp Grubauer, Moritz Seider and Tim Stützle.
Campbell will make his debut on the ice at the Seattle Kraken Talents Training Camp July 11-14. Farm teams in the AHL are primarily used to prepare young players for the NHL.