Kendall Coyne Schofield wows with her speed in NHL All Star Skills Competition

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Kendall Coyne Schofield wows with her speed in NHL All Star Skills Competition

January 26, 2019 3:08 pm

SAN JOSE, CA – Kendall Coyne Schofield owns one Olympic and five World Championship gold medals, but Friday night was one for posterity.

“This is definitely a top three moment in my career,” she said.

It was so much more than that. Friday night was a watershed moment for women athletes everywhere, proof that as much as the NHL says it, hockey really is for everyone.

Coyne Schofield became the first woman to participate in the NHL’s Skills Competition at All-Star Weekend in San Jose.

Previously, the NHL used the top Canadian and American women stars only to demonstrate the Skills Competition drills.

But in a Fastest Skater competition in which the All-Star veterans have bowed out in recent years because they didn’t want to be embarrassed by Connor McDavid, Coyne Schofield readily laced up her skates in place of injured Colorado Avalanche starNathan MacKinnon.

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One of the greatest things about Kurt and all the people with KO is that they bring in guys like Barry Karn and all these different skating and skill people that come in and help us to develop. They care about us off the ice but they obviously have to care about us on the ice and they bring in people to work with us to help us be better and I think that’s special.

— Rocco Grimaldi

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