Kendall Coyne Schofield became the first female to serve as an assistant coach for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Friday.
Coyne Schofield, a forward for the United States women’s ice hockey team, has assisted the IceHogs coaching staff in the skill development of players in her first season as a development coach for the Chicago Blackhawks.
“It was a good opportunity for her to see some of the players she’s been working with and get to see how they act coming off the bench and how they are at ice level,” Rockford head coach Derek King said. “Ice level is so different than watching a game from up top. It was good for her to get a little taste of it.
“Now going into the offseason while she’s communicating with some of these players she gets a real good read on them. She’s been working and doing video with these guys at the rink, so it was nice to just see her on the bench and sit back and just watch, take it all in.”
With Coyne Schofield on the bench, the IceHogs defeated the Chicago Wolves 4-1 at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.
“We win with her, so maybe we got to keep her around more often,” King said.
The Palos Heights, Illinois native won a gold medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and silver at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She has also won gold six times at the IIHF Women’s World Championships (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) and silver in 2012.