1st female NHL skating coach hails from Long Island

The first female NHL skating coach who is an icon in the professional ice hockey world lives on Long Island.
Barbara Williams made history back in 1977 when she became the first female skating coach in the NHL. Williams was appointed the official skating coach of the New York Islanders. Williams then went on to coach the New Jersey Devils.
Williams owns Positive Power ice skating school out of Superior Ice Rink in Kings Park. She is nationally recognized for her intense training methods.
"This is where my heart is with these boys because I want them to get a college scholarship," says Williams.
Williams has trained more than 200 NHL players through the years, including the Islanders from the dynasty teams from the early 1980s. She was also inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame.
Williams started figure skating at the age of five. She then went on to speed skating. And to this day, she skates every day.
The skating pro has also published four books with two more on the way. A movie based on her life is also in the works.