NHL All-Star Game: First Woman to Compete
The NHL (National Hockey League) All-Star game has been around for 71 years and continues to get better every year. In the last 2 years, amazing things have happened, like our Las Vegas Golden Knights being able to compete. This year was extra special for Kendall Coyne Schofield. She became the first woman to compete in the all-star skills competition.
Kendall plays for the USA Women’s National Team. She played in the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics. Where Canada and the USA faced off in a nail-biting game only to lead into a shootout where the USA won gold. Kendall also plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps in the Women's Hockey League. She also she won in the WHL all-star game for fastest skater, where she shaved off some of her time.
The All-Star skills competition was action-packed. But in the middle of it all was Kendall in the fastest skater competition. Kendall placed 7th overall, with the time of 14.346 seconds. Beating Clayton Keller from the Arizona Coyotes. The winner of fastest skater was Connor McDavid, 13.378 seconds. The winner of puck control: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames -- 27.045 seconds. Save streak: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers -- 12 saves. Premier passer: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers -- 1 minute, 9.088 seconds. Hardest shot: John Carlson, Washington Capitals -- 102.8 mph. Accuracy shooting: David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins -- 11.309 seconds.
Coyne told NBCSN, “History was made and barriers were broken ... I can’t wait to see what the future holds!”. Phoebe Silva, Freshman said, “It was really cool to see a woman compete in the all-star game. Before they would just demonstrate the skills, but the fact that she was able to be a part of the fastest skater competition and skate faster than a player, like Clayton Keller is truly amazing and there should be more of that in the years to come”.
This year NHL All-Star game sure made a lot of history. People can’t wait for more years to come with our Vegas Golden Knights, and women being able to compete. The NHL and all sports are getting better at integrating women and making it sports is for everyone atmosphere. Sports in the future will be amazing.
Kendall Coyne Schofield at the All-Star Skills Competition.
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