Lyndsey Fry, Coyotes' executive and broadcaster, has been named one of the "Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2021."
The honor came from AZ Big Media, which provides compelling business and lifestyle news in its nine Valley publications and is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its list recognizing women in real estate, business, nonprofits and other leadership or influential roles.
Fry holds numerous titles in the Coyotes front office. She is the Director of External Engagement, Youth & Women's Hockey. She is President of the Arizona Kachinas, the Coyotes' official youth girls' hockey association. And she chairs the Coyotes' internal Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Last season, Fry also was named Coyotes' radio color commentator. She became just the fourth woman to be selected for a broadcast role with an NHL team.
Fry, one of 38 women honored, said she was "surprised" by the announcement and reacted modestly to being featured on a list that she described as featuring "amazing women who have done incredible things."
"There are so many tremendous female leaders on this list," Fry said. "To be part of something like this, you're like, 'Oh my gosh, why me?' There's so many incredible female executives in our organization.
"From the influential side, it's women who are helping break those glass ceilings and helping show little girls they can do anything," Fry continued. "For me, that's being the first female ambassador hired by any NHL club or being one of the first women to do radio broadcasting. In the sports world, I've been really fortunate to do a lot of very cool things and kind of set a new bar for girls who want to go into sports as players or business. So, it's pretty cool."
When it comes to setting that bar, Fry went high, even when it involved heartbreak and adversity. When Leighton Accardo, 9, honorary Coyotes teammate, "Hockey Fights Cancer" ambassador and a member of the Arizona Kachinas association passed away November 24 from Stage Four cancer, Fry established a fund to support the growth of girls hockey in Arizona. The centerpiece was a memorial event held in Leighton's honor.
Fry catalyzed the Leighton Accardo Scholarship Fund during a 96-mile roller blade journey across the Valley in February, during which she made stops at all seven local rinks. The fund raised more than $200,000.
"In terms of an impact from this year, "Skatin' for Leighton" was huge," Fry said. "If there was something I would hang my hat on, it was doing that event. The success of it was more driven by Leighton and who she was. But to be able to help facilitate that was incredible."
Fry credits her mom, Lynne, Harvard University Hockey Coach Katey Stone and Coyotes General Counsel Marina Carpenter for her success.
"That's that family, hockey, and business," Fry said. "Those are the three women who have helped guide the way. They're the ones who have helped me believe that I could do anything. And now, I can be that person for the next wave of women."
A banquet dinner will be held August 26 at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix to celebrate the accomplishments of the 38 women being honored by AZ Big Media, which comprises the following publications: Az Business Magazine, AZRE, Ranking Arizona, Az Business Leaders, Home and Design , Experience AZ, People & Projects to Know, Play Ball and Arizona Business Angels.