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Blackhawks Hire First Female Development Coach in Coyne Schofield

The Chicago Blackhawks made history on Monday, hiring the NHL’s first-ever female Player Development Coach in Kendall Coyne Schofield.

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The Chicago Blackhawks made history on Monday, hiring the first-ever female Player Development Coach in their NHL history. The team announced that they have hired Kendall Coyne Schofield and the reaction to the news has been extremely positive. In addition, the organization has hired Erik Condra in a similar capacity as well as Juan Gonzalez as a strength and conditioning coach.

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Fans may know Kendall Coyne Schofield as an Olympic Gold Medalist, but also as the woman who zoomed around the ice rink at the 2019 NHL All Star Game. She wowed everyone with her speed in fastest skater drill and turned heads for women’s hockey. Her time was just one second shy of the eventual winner that year, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid.

Her resume speaks for itself as Coyne Schofield is decorated internationally, has captured six International Ice Hockey Federation Gold Medals and an Olympic Gold at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. This certainly was not a hire for the sake of hiring a female.

Fans may also recognize her from a brief stint on the San Jose Sharks broadcast team. She was well spoken and knew her stuff.

Blackhawks Being a Leader in This Area

More hires for women in development and executive roles in the NHL is long overdue. The NHL is abysmally underrepresented by women in hockey operations.

The Blackhawks now have three women working in their hockey operations department. Mary DeBartolo, a coordinator in hockey analytics, was hired last year and the Blackhawks also promoted Meghan Hunter, previously general manager Stan Bowman’s executive assistant, to director of hockey administration and amateur scouting.

Kendall Coyne Schofield Blackhawks Player Development Coach

Perhaps it’s just a matter of time before a female GM is hired in the NHL. The Florida Panthers had earlier asked about interviewing a female candidate for the vacant position before it was filled by Barry Zito and it’s not unheard of in sports, as Kim Ng was named general manager of MLB’s Miami Marlins.

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