Forwards Kendall Coyne, Brianna Decker and Amanda Kessel are each set for their second Olympic experience in South Korea. In college, all three players won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top women's college hockey player (Coyne: 2016 - Northeastern, Kessel: 2013 - Minnesota, Decker: 2012 - Wisconsin).

Kendall Coyne

Forward Kendall Coyne (Palos Heights, Ill.) is skating in her second Olympic Winter Games after winning a silver medal with Team USA at the Sochi 2014 Games. Coyne is a five-time IIHF Women’s World Champion in addition to helping the U.S. earn titles at five Four Nations Cups. She played collegiately at Northeastern University, where she earned the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial award as the top player in women’s college hockey. Coyne ended her career as the Hockey East all-time leader in career points, career goals, single-season points, single-season goals, points per game and goals per game.


Earliest Memory of the Olympics
A signed photo of Cammi Granato with her gold medal that would hang in her room

Best Piece of Hockey Advice She's Been Given
Be better than yesterday, play like it's tomorrow

If She Wasn't Playing Hockey, She Would Be...
A doctor because she loves helping people

Most Special Place She Has Visited
Hawaii - went there once for a vacation, went snorkeling and it was amazing

Favorite Movies
Argo, Mystery Alaska

Brianna Decker

Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) is another forward returning from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, where she recorded two goals and four assists. Decker is a six-time world champion with Team USA and has helped the U.S. earn championships at six Four Nations Cups. Last April, Decker tied for a tournament-high 12 points (3-9) to be named the Most Valuable Player and Top Forward at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship. She was named the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award after leading the nation with 37 goals as a junior at the University of Wisconsin. 


Greatest Influence Within Hockey
Gordie Stafford, her high school coach at Shattuck-St. Mary's

Favorite Small Area Game
The power play game

Favorite Pro Sports Team
Green Bay Packers

Favorite Hobbies
Going to the movies, journaling, cooking

Biggest Fears
Snakes, spiders and flying

Amanda Kessel

Forward Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) is set for her second Olympic appearance after amassing six points (3-3) in five games for Team USA in Sochi, Russia. Kessel competed in her first IIHF event since 2013 at the IIHF Women’s World Championship last April in Plymouth, Michigan, collecting a goal and five assists at the event. The 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, Kessel helped the University of Minnesota earn NCAA National Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2016. She was also named the 2013 WCHA Player of the Year after leading the nation with 101 points (46-55). 


Favorite Memory of Watching the Olympics
In 2006, watching the U.S. play against Sweden in the semifinals. That loss instilled a fire in her to get there one day and win a gold medal.

Best Piece of Advice She's Been Given
Be more than just a hockey player

avorite Place to Travel
Boca Grande, Florida, an island that she grew up going to every spring break with family and cousins.

Personal Motto/Inspirational Quote to Live By
The difference between good and great is a little extra effort

Favorite TV Shows
Chopped, Shark Tank, The Bachelor/Bachelorette