Aisha Visram makes history as first female to work behind an National Hockey League (NHL) bench

Aisha Visram made history on Thursday (January 13, 2022) night when she served as an athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Kings in their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at arena.

According to the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, Visram became the first woman to work a regular-season NHL game behind the bench in any capacity.

Visram is the head athletic trainer for the Ontario Reign, the Kings’ affiliate in the American Hockey League. She was called into action when three of the Kings’ support staff members were added to the COVID protocols.

Visram has also worked as an athletic trainer for ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder [affiliate of the New Jersey Devils] and at St. Lawrence University.

Aisha Visram. Photo: LA Kings
Aisha Visram. Photo: NHL

Kings coach Todd McLellan had high praise for Visram’s work. “That’s incredible. That’s great. We need more of that in our game. I can tell you that Aisha is a big part of our organization,” McLellan said. “And we don’t talk about these people. We don’t talk about the trainers or the equipment people, but she’s mentoring with [head athletic trainer] Chris Kingsley and the rest of the staff, and accepted a huge role there and does a tremendous job, so unreal reward for her. And everybody’s a big part of it, so include her in it.”
Dan Greenspan, NHL News @DanOLeary25

About Aisha Visram
Aisha was born in Toronto, Canada, to Shafin and Yasmin Visram, who are pharmacists in Toronto. Aisha went to Seneca Hill Public School and eventually to University in Alberta. She worked as an athletic trainer at several universities in the US Northeast before being hired by the Ontario Reign, the minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

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