COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.) has been named a finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation 2019 Team Sportswoman of the Year Award based on her exceptional achievements over the past year.
The winners will be determined by a combination of a public vote and the WSF Awards Committee's vote, and will be presented at the Annual Salute to Women in Sports Gala on Oct. 16, 2019, in New York City. Fans can cast their votes now through Fri. Aug. 2, at sportswomanoftheyear.com.
A mainstay at forward for the U.S. Women’s National Team for the past decade, Coyne Schofield brought her game to the next level in 2018-19, taking on a bigger leadership role, and earning recognition for her incredible accomplishments both on and off the ice.
As a member of Team USA, Coyne Schofield contributed to two championship-winning efforts this season, including the program’s fourth consecutive Four Nations Cup title in November in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and, as captain, the fifth consecutive IIHF Women’s World Championship for the U.S. in Espoo, Finland. At the women’s worlds, Coyne Schofield finished as the team’s second-highest scorer with five goals and four assists for nine points, and earned the Directorate Award as the tournament’s top forward. For her efforts, she was also named to the media all-star team and recognized as one of Team USA’s top three players. In February, Coyne Schofield led Team USA into the inaugural 2019 Rivalry Series as team captain.
She also helped the Minnesota Whitecaps capture the 2019 Isobel Cup in its first year as a team in the National Women’s Hockey League, skating in 13 games and contributing seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. A top-10 scorer in the league, Coyne Schofield was also named to the 2019 NWHL All-Star Team.
The Palos Heights, Illinois, native made history in January when she took the ice at SAP Center in San Jose, California, as the first woman ever to compete in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. Coyne Schofield posted an incredible run in the fastest skater competition, clocking in at 14.346 seconds, just one second behind reigning champion Connor McDavid.
Coyne Schofield was also recognized for her outstanding season during USA Hockey's Night of Tribute Awards Dinner in June, receiving the Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year Award, which is bestowed annually on a top U.S. women's hockey player at the international, collegiate, high school or club level.