Coyne Schofield first woman in NHL All-Star skills event

Elena Summers
January 30, 2019

Kendall Coyne, a forward on the USA women's national team that won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, was a late replacement for Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche (left foot), and she finished seventh in 14.346 seconds, edging Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes (14.526). Her short strides crossed over with a ferocity not normally seen from NHLers at All-Star Weekend. In the case of the fastest skater competition in which Coyne participated, we have an on-screen clock to provide some context for what we are watching, but that clock does nothing to promote the sensation of speed as each participant laps the ice. "Wow. That's really impressive".

Coyne, 26, went first, kicking off both the Fastest Skater challenge and the skills competition, sporting her Team USA jersey to "USA, USA" chants from the San Jose crowd. She beat out Coyotes forward Clayton Keller in the event. "I thought it was incredible and inspiring".

On Friday, I saw a woman demonstrate that she can compete with the best in the world.

Really, the significance of Coyne Schofield's performance can not be overstated.

It's never happened. Not on a stage like this one.

I first saw Coyne Schofield play as a freshman at Northeastern in the Beanpot (a college hockey tournament in Boston). "I'm fortunate for the opportunity and I think it went pretty well". She can flat out fly.

On Friday night, Decker, like Coyne a member of the 2018 gold-medal winning American Olympic women's hockey team, "demonstrated" the Premier Passer competition, a demonstration NBCSN valued so much as to show old footage of current NBCSN analyst Jeremy Roenick in lieu of her live performance. The forward suited up in the Chicago Pro Hockey League this past summer, the lone woman in a league composed of 80 professionals and 80 amateurs. "Part of this event is to grow hockey, and the step she took tonight to help hockey is going to go miles down the road". "Believe in yourselves. There's nothing you can't accomplish. Definitely gave me some momentum and the adrenaline was pumping".

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