We are proud to announce that Kendall Coyne-Schofield is our iBAM! 2021 Person of the Year. She is not only a terrific ice hockey player,
she and her husband Michael Schofield are the founders of The Schofield Family Foundation.
Kendall Coyne Schofield
Kendall is a longtime member of the United States women's national hockey team. Over the span of her 13 years with USA Hockey, she has captured 21 medals in International Competition. She has won six gold medals at the IIHF World Women's Championships and a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics and an Olympic Silver Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She competed in 9 Four Nations Cups, capturing gold six times. At the age of 15, her Team USA career began when she was named to the United States Under-18 Women’s National Team. She was a captain and 3-time member. She received 2 gold medals and one silver. She is currently the all-time leading scorer in tournament history with 33 points in 15 games.
The Palos Heights, Illinois native played four seasons at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. During her time at Northeastern, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degree. The 3-time All American and 2-time captain finished her collegiate career as the Huskies’ all-time leader in points (249), goals (141), and single season points (84). In addition, she became the Hockey East all-time leader in career points, career goals, single-season points, single-season goals, points per game, and goals per game. In 2016, she led Northeastern to its first ever NCAA appearance and was the recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award which is given annually to the top player in division one college hockey.
On January 25, 2019, Coyne was named a replacement for Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon at the 2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition in the fastest-skater challenge as part of the 2019 NHL All-Star weekend. Although she was originally going to demonstrate the accuracy shooting challenge, Coyne became the first woman to compete in an NHL All-Stars skills competition. Coyne had a time of 14.326 seconds, which placed her seventh out of eight skaters, which was comparable to the rest of the eight-person field; Connor McDavid won the competition with a time of 13.378 seconds. In 2019, she became the second woman to serve as an analyst for an NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game.
In addition to her duties with the US Women’s National Team, two years ago Kendall served as an Analyst for the San Jose Sharks, a community ambassador for the Chicago Blackhawks, she is the president and co-founder of the Schofield Family Foundation that her and her husband, Michael Schofield, founded in January of 2019. In addition in 2020, the couple joined a new ownership of the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). In the work to create a sustainable and viable professional women’s hockey league, Kendall is a board member for the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA). She is the founder of the Kendall Coyne Hockey camp which just completed is going on its sixth year. Most recently Kendall was hired by the Chicago Blackhawks as a Player Development Coach and Youth Hockey Growth Specialist. She is the first female player development coach in Blackhawks history. Kendall will continue her broadcast career in various different ways including being a lead analyst for NBC Sports with the Notre Dame Men’s Hockey Team. In her new role, Kendall will continue to train for the United States Women’s National Team in hopes of representing Team USA at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Outside of sport, Kendall enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her husband, Michael Schofield, at football games, traveling, motivating kids, and hosting her annual Kendall Coyne Hockey Camp, that is open to girls of all skill levels and sharing her message of “you don’t have to be big to dream big.” In addition, she has served as a local ambassador for the Chicago Blackhawks since 2013.
Twitter: @KendallCoyne Facebook: Kendall Coyne26 Instagram: @KendallCoyne26
Hometown: Palos Heights, IL
Resides: Orland Park, IL
2020 Named to her 8th Women’s World Championship team; tournament was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic
2019 World Champion, Served as Team Captain, Won the directorate award as top forward in the tournament, named to Media All-Star Team
2018 Named Captain for Team USA
2018 Olympic Team Champion
2018 Chicago Pro Hockey League (only female in the league)
6-time Four Nations Cup Champion
2017 World Champion, named one of the top three U.S. players of the tournament
2017 Master’s Degree from Northeastern University (Magna Cum Laude)
2016 World Champion
2015 Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University (Cum Laude)
2015 World Champion
2014 Olympic Team Silver
2013 World Champion
2012 World Championship Silver
2011 World Champion, was the youngest member of the team, tied for second on the team in goals scored with four and third on the team in plus/minus rating (+9)
2010 U-18 World Championship Silver, Served as alternate captain, Earned the directorate award for the tournament’s top forward, Named one of the team's top three players for the tournament
2009 U-18 World Champion, Named one of the team's top three players for the tournament
2008 U-18 World Champion, Named one of the team’s top three players for the tournament
2020 member of Team USA at the Elite Women’s 3 on 3 at the NHL All-Star Skills competition
2019 Became the second woman to serve as an analyst for a NHL playoff game
2019 First Female to compete in NHL All-Star Skills competition
2018 ESPY Award Winner (Best Game) 2018 Team USA Awards (Best Team) 2018 Chicagoland Sport Hall of Fame Inductee
2017 NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award Winner Recipient 2017 NCAA Top 30 Woman of the Year Honoree 2016 Northeastern Student-Athlete of the Year 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient as the top player in women’s college hockey
2016 Hockey East Player of the Year & all-time leader in career points and career goals
2016 WHEA Distinguished Scholar (All-Academic Team all four years)
2016 WHEA Top Scholar Athlete (4.0 GPA for the season) 2016 All-New England Player of the Year 2011 Hockey East Rookie of the Year
Kendall has been featured in many print publications, internet and television media including: Ellen, NFL Films, NFL Network, People Magazine, TODAY Show, Sports Illustrated,
NBC Olympics, American Ninja Warrior, Players’ Tribune, ESPN, espnW, Huffington Post, SB Nation, USA Today, AP, New York Post, NBC Sports, Yahoo! Sports, Team USA, New York Times, ABC News, LA Times, Denver Post, Excelle Sports, FOX News, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, NPR, NHL Network, Deadspin, VICE Sports, & several others.
Kendall has also spoken at many schools and corporate engagements. She also serves as an analyst for NBCSN.
CORPORATE AFFILIATIONS have included:
Founder and President of the Schofield Family Foundation
• Ronald McDonald House • Special Olympics Chicago & Illinois • Give BonnieStrong Foundation • Team USA Team For Tomorrow Athlete
Kendall Coyne Hockey Camp
Blackhawks Youth Hockey Camps
Golden Coyne’s Hockey program for girls aged 6-12
The mission of the Schofield Family Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to providing funding, support, and awareness to improve the lives of others in our beloved communities. Those include military, first responders, youth sports organizations, families in need and furthering the advancement of education and research.
Michael and Kendall were always destined to meet each other having lived down the street and attending the same high school together. However, it was not until years later that fate would bring them together in their hometown and the rest is history. Kendall and Michael married in the summer of 2018. Both of them grew up in happy, healthy, loving, and sport-driven homes. They recognize they are very fortunate to be where they are today. Without the love and support of their families, nothing would be possible.
Kendall is in her tenth season with the United Sates Women’s National Ice Hockey Team and Michael is in his sixth season in the National Football League and third with the Los Angeles Chargers.
While sport has provided them with endless amount of opportunities, including meeting each other, their love and passion for helping others is unparalleled to their talent in sport. Since their first date in 2014, Kendall and Michael both dreamed of starting a foundation. Together, they have created The Schofield Family Foundation which is dedicated to providing funding, support, and awareness to improve the lives of others in our beloved communities. Those include: military, first responders, youth sports organizations, families in need and furthering the advancement of education and research.
Kendall Coyne’s route to becoming an Olympian began in an outdoor ice rink in a southwest suburb of Chicago called Orland Park, Illinois. Today, that rink is indoors, and is known as the Championship Rink inside of the Arctic Ice Arena. Over 20 years ago when Kendall first donned a pair of hockey skates, the city of Chicago wasn’t crazy about hockey like they are today. Many of Kendall’s friends in school didn’t know what hockey was, or thought it was weird that she was a girl playing hockey. While she never let any of that bother her, Kendall was a multi-sport athlete as a kid. She played baseball, basketball, softball, track, and hockey. She was just as passionate about other sports as she was hockey.
From a young age, Kendall’s speed always stood out among her peers. She loved to do everything fast whether is was skating, stealing bases, running around the neighborhood, biking, or talking. She loves to go fast.
Throughout Kendall’s career, there weren’t many other girls playing hockey so the majority of Kendall’s teams were all boys and her. As her love for hockey continued to grow, she asked her parents to try out for AA travel hockey. Kendall’s parents agreed because they saw how much she loved the game. Kendall did not make the team, and returned to house league. The following season Kendall was determined to make a travel hockey team. Not only did Kendall make a travel hockey team that year, she made a AAA boys team, playing against players a year older than her. By getting cut the year before, Kendall used that as motivation to become a stronger player.
Kendall’s youth hockey career continued to soar. She had to stop playing hockey games with the boys at bantam minors because the boys became a lot bigger than Kendall. However, she would practice with the boy’s teams and play girls’ hockey. She did this all the way until she went to college.
At 15 years old, Kendall got her first call from USA Hockey. She was asked to join Team USA’s U-18 team. As the youngest member of the team, she was ecstatic to wear the red, white, and blue for the first time. In 2009, at 18-years old, Kendall got invited to tryout for the 2009-2010 U.S. Olympic Team. After being cut, Kendall returned to Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois for her senior year. In 2011, Kendall made her Senior National Team debut, playing in her first World Championship. Kendall also went on to play her college hockey at Northeastern University where she graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Since then Kendall is a 5-time world champion, Olympian and so much more.
Without love, passion, sacrifice, hard work, and commitment, Kendall would not be where she is at today.
For more on the foundation go to schofieldfamilyfoundation.com