Who is Kendall Coyne?
Do not adjust your screens. That red, white and blue blur crisscrossing the ice chasing down pucks faster than your refresh rate is just Team USA’s first line winger Kendall Coyne.
Kendall Coyne was first introduced to the ice in figure skates when she was three years old. “That lasted about a week,” Coyne recalled to NBC Olympics. She soon decided she wanted to be just like her hockey-playing older brother, Kevin. Coyne transitioned to hockey skates and never looked back.
Coyne’s love of the game was something she recognized at an early age. Unlike other kids who complained about getting up early to go skate, she never felt that same dread. For Coyne, it was pure joy every time she stepped onto the ice.
Since 2011, Coyne has appeared in every IIHF Women’s World Championships with the U.S. National Team, winning five gold medals and one silver.
At the 2017 World Championships, Coyne had her best outing of her career for her country, putting up 12 points in five games (five goals, seven assists).
She is also one of eight returning 2014 Olympians who have appeared in more than 100 games for the U.S.
Records and awards
Coyne played her college hockey at Northeastern University. As captain in 2016, she helped lead her team to their first NCAA tournament appearance in school history.
In her senior season she led the nation in goals, goals per game, points per game, shorthanded goals and hat tricks. Coyne’s offensive production was recognized when she was named the winner of the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the top Division I women’s hockey player in the country.
There is seemingly no low gear when it comes to the skates of Kendall Coyne. Whether she is chasing down a puck in the offensive end, or rushing to get off the ice on a line change, both are done at full speed. And her full speed is very, very fast.
"For me, my speed is genetics - both my parents are fast, my father especially fast. The other half is training."
Coyne took home silver after her first Olympic appearance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with Team USA.
In five games in Sochi, Coyne racked up six points (two goals, four assists) to finish in a four-way tie for most points on the U.S. team. Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel also put up six points apiece in Sochi.
Outside the rink
One of Coyne’s frequent dry-land training partners, who occasionally helps her with drills on the ice, is her NFL offensive lineman fiancé, Michael Schofield. The two announced their engagement in January of 2017.
Schofield is currently playing his fourth NFL season for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Coyne met Schofield at a Chicago suburb gym in 2014. That morning, despite having a cast on her left wrist after undergoing surgery, Coyne was in the gym doing dumbbell snatches – with her good wrist – at the amazement of Schofield.
“This girl is crazy,” Schofield recalled when interviewed by the Chicago Tribune back in March. It wasn’t long after that the two began dating.