On January 26th, 2018 PyeongChang Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield, became the first Woman to compete in Bridgestones NHL Fastest Skater event at the 2019 Skills Competition. Coyne Schofield finished with a time of 14.346 seconds, 0.18 seconds faster than Clayton Keller and not far behind Connor McDavid with the fastest time of 13.378 seconds.
Coyne Schofield’s ability to compete with males has surfaced several social media platforms and her story has been shared globally. This recent event shows perhaps it’s time to take a second glance at the former and contemporary ideology that masculinity is superior in sport.
Athletes like Coyne Schofield, Manon Rheaume, who was the first female to compete in an NHL game, and Hayley Wickenheiser, the first woman to score a goal while playing for a men’s professional hockey team are changing the name for women in sport, particularly hockey. These milestones are evidence women are powerful athletes and debunk the ideology that females cannot compete at the male elite level.
The future of sport is exciting for all genders and fans are hoping to see Coyne Schofield and more females at the NHL skills competition in 2020, as well as in other sporting platforms.