Blackhawks scout Brigette Lacquette breaks hockey barrier for Indigenous women

Brigette Lacquette poses for a photo at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. Lacquette is the first Indigenous woman to scout for an NHL team, the Chicago Blackhawks .(Jason Franson /The Canadian Press via AP)

By Donna Spencer THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON-An NHL scouting job came to Brigette Lacquette at a time when she needed it. She’s the first Indigenous woman to scout for an NHL team. Her employer is the Chicago Blackhawks. Lacquette became the first First Nations woman to play hockey for Canada in a Winter Olympics in 2018. The defender earned an Olympic silver medal, but was left off Canada’s Olympic roster for 2022. “I had to go through some things mentally and emotionally throughout the summer just with everything in life,’’ Lacquette told The Canadian Press. “This job has kept me busy and I have something to look forward to and something I want to excel at, get better at every single day and give it my all. “It turns out,…

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