Player's Own Voice

Player's Own Voice podcast: On the fast track with Kendall Coyne Schofield

The Player's Own Voice podcast meets one of the fastest women on hockey skates: Kendall Coyne Schofield. Coyne won an army of new fans with her performance at the 2019 NHL skills competition. The challenge now is maintaining that momentum.

The American forward dazzled fans at NHL all-star weekend. Now what?

American hockey player Kendall Coyne Schofield joins the latest edition of CBC Sports' Player's Own Voice podcast. (Ben Margot/The Associated Press)

Kendall Coyne Schofield blazed her way through the speed skating skills contest at the 2019 NHL all-star weekend. Her performance is still creating ripples in the proverbial hockey pond today.

Girls who watched that high-profile performance were inspired to get into the game. Adults were reminded yet again of the intensity and excellence of the women's game in North America. And for Coyne Schofield herself, the attention was a watershed moment in her understanding of how platforms can be used to greater ends.

She is after all, a six-time women's hockey worlds champion and a 2018 Olympic gold medallist. Her personal trophy collection needed no further polishing. But seeing the attention that high visibility events can create? That galvanized the Chicago native, and spurred her to help drive professional women's hockey towards a bigger and better future.

Anastasia Bucsis, host of CBC Sports' Player's Own Voice podcast, gets the star talking about the still under-appreciated strength of the women's game in general, and her own personal career highlights in particular.

Like the CBC Sports' Player's Own Voice essay series, the POV podcast lets athletes speak to Canadians about issues from a personal perspective. To listen to all three seasons, subscribe for free at CBC or on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Tune In or wherever you get podcasts.

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