Kendall Coyne Breaks the Ice

Image Credit - Jeff Chiu, AP

Image Credit - Jeff Chiu, AP

In the past years, the NHL has made a habit of inviting players from the U.S. Women’s National Team to demonstrate the events in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. Originally, Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne Schofield of the U.S. national team, and Rebecca Johnston and Renata Fast of the Canadian national team were set to do this year’s demonstrations, but out with a bruised foot, the Minnesota Wild’s Nathan McKinnon had a different idea. Instead of leaving his spot in the fastest-skater event vacant, he asked Kendall Coyne to step in for him. Coyne accepted, becoming the first woman to compete in the NHL’s All-Star Skills Competition.  While Coyne placed next-to-last over the Arizona Coyote’s Clayton Keller, her time was nothing to scoff at, rounding the ice in just 14.346 seconds, not even a second slower than first-place winner Connor McDavid.

Hopefully we will see the NHL continue to support women in hockey and players like Coyne can get the acclaim they deserve. In the meantime, you can watch more action from Coyne and many other national team players as they compete in the NWHL and CWHL. Coyne herself plays for the Minnesota White Caps, a team that made history themselves this year as they were the first expansion team in NWHL history. With the likes of Coyne and many of her gold-medal-winning teammates on their roster, the White Caps are currently standing first in the NWHL and are hoping a splash in the post-season that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Anya Alvarez