Published: Wed, January 30, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

NHL All-Star Game: Women players steal the show at skills competition

NHL All-Star Game: Women players steal the show at skills competition

Of course, a skills event does not equate to the physicality of an actual game, but Coyne shredded the conventional perception that women simply lack the size and strength to play alongside men.

McDavid was the final skater in the field of eight and circled the rink in 13.378 seconds, surpassing the second-fastest time of 13.582, set by Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres.

" Karlsson went after me, so I was like, 'Okay, I think I might have beaten him, ' but I didn't know how long it took me".

But in a Fastest Skater competition in which the All-Star veterans have bowed out in recent years because they didn't want to be embarrassed by Connor McDavid, Coyne Schofield readily laced up her skates in place of injured Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon.

The NHL missed on opportunities to promote the two professional women's leagues represented Friday night (the NWHL and Canadian Women's Hockey League) and to recognize Decker as victor of the passing event. She kicked off the event with a 14.346-second lap. She also had a role in one of the most seminal moments in sports history when the hockey team boycotted the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in an effort to encourage equality in the sport, both in opportunity and support.

Kendall Coyne Schofield of the US women's national team has been chosen to replace him in the fastest skater event, the league announced.

Overall, a pretty good weekend for women's hockey. If there is any justice in this world, the CWHL and other women's hockey leagues around the world will get a ton of donations in the next few days. Decker completed the passing drill with an unofficial time that was reported to be 1:06, which - if official - would have been tops among all competitors. That is impressive. That's really impressive.

Coyne Schofield plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the National Women's Hockey League, and has scored five goals in 11 games this season.

"When she took off, I was like "Wow", McDavid said. That prize is equal to her salary from playing hockey in 2018. And they more than held their own.

"I think today the National Hockey League took that stance, they made that statement", Coyne Schofield said.

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