Kendall Coyne Schofield made hockey history on Friday night, when she became the first woman to compete in the National Hockey League’s skills competition.
She replaced Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon, whose bruised foot prevented him from participating in the competition, which was held at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, during the NHL’s All Star Weekend.
“It was electrifying, the USA chants. I’m pretty tired but awesome to be here,” Coyne Schofield said in a televised interview on NBC Sports Network moments after she had raced around the rink in 14.346 seconds.
Coyne Schofield plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the National Women’s Hockey League, and has scored five goals in 11 games this season.
She ranks first in Northeastern hockey history with 141 goals and 249 points. She finished her collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer in Hockey East play, and set conference records for scoring 30 goals and racking up 55 points during her senior season in 2015-16.
She also earned the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2016, which recognizes the top player in NCAA Division 1 women’s hockey.