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Kendall Coyne Schofield becomes first woman in Blackhawks history hired as a player development coach

The 2018 Olympic gold medalist has been hired into the Chicago Blackhawks hockey operations staff.

2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills - Fastest Skater Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Blackhawks made a trio of organizational moves on Monday morning, including one historic hire: naming US Women’s National Ice Hockey Team forward Kendall Coyne Schofield as player development coach and youth hockey growth specialist.

Coyne Schofield becomes the first female to serve as a player development coach in the Blackhawks organization.

It’s a homecoming for Coyne Schofield, a native of Palos Heights in Chicago’s southwest suburbs and a graduate of Sandburgh High School in Orland Park. After a four-year career at Northeastern University, where Coyne Schofield earned the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top player in women’s college hockey during the 2015-16 season, she went on to a storied international career with Team USA, winning six world champions and two Olympic medals: including the gold in 2018. She flashed those abilities during the 2019 All-Star weekend, competing in the Bridgestone NHL Faster Skater event during the NHL All-Star Skills competition with a time of 14.326 seconds.

Coyne Schofield has also been active in the hockey world outside of her own playing career, most recently as part of NBC Sports’ first-ever all-female broadcast crew for the March 8 Blackhawks home game against the St. Louis Blues.

Along with that hire, the Blackhawks also added former NHL forward Erik Condra as a player development coach. A Notre Dame graduate, Condra was selected in the seventh round (211th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2006 NHL Draft and appeared in 372 games across eight seasons with 40 goals and 59 points.

Juan Gonzalez was also added to the organization as a strength & conditioning coach for the Rockford IceHogs. Gonzalez is a Chicago native who had been working as a strength and conditioning advisor for the USA Hockey National Development Program.