Kendall Coyne Schofield, a Northeastern graduate who won a gold medal for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics, has been named the Women’s Player of the Year by USA Hockey.
She will receive the award in June at the USA Hockey Annual Congress in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Coyne Schofield, who played for the Huskies from 2011 to 2016, 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.
Coyne Schofield earned the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2016, which recognizes the top player in NCAA Division 1 women’s hockey.
And she made history in January when she became the first woman to compete in the National Hockey League’s skills competition. She flew around the rink in 14.346 seconds, less than one second behind NHL superstar Connor McDavid, who won the race.
“It was electrifying, the USA chants,” Coyne said in a televised interview on the NBC Sports Network just moments after the race. “I’m pretty tired but awesome to be here.”
One week after the competition, Coyne Schofield made her debut as an in-arena analyst for the NBC Sports Network. In March, she was hired by the NHL to be a studio analyst for the NHL Network.