KENDALL’S STORY

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.

 

Career Highlights

2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

  • 2014 Tied for Team USA point leader; Finished with six points in five games (2g 4a)

US Women’s National Team
IIHF Women’s World Championship
5-time World Champion

  • 2017: Tied for tournament lead with 12 points and five goals. Named U.S. Player of the Game in a preliminary-round matchup against Russia and the semifinals versus Germany. Also named one of the Top Three U.S. Players of the Tournament
  • 2016: Finished with four points (1g 3a) in five games and a plus six rating
  • 2015: Finished with three goals and four assists in five games; Tied for tournament lead with plus-8 rating
  • 2013: Finished with five points (1g 4a) in five games; Tied for sixth overall with four assists
  • 2012: Finished with nine points (4g 5a) in five games; Named U.S. Player of the Game in the gold-medal game (April 14); was second overall in the tournament in plus/minus rating (+10)
  • 2011: Finished with six points (4g 2a) in five games; Tied for second on the team in goals scored with four and was third on the team in plus/minus rating (+9)

Four Nations Cup
5x Gold medalist

  • 2017: Led tournament with seven points in four games (4g 3a); Named US Player of the Game in 4-2 win over Canada (Nov. 8); Named US Player of the Game in 4-2 win over Sweden (Nov. 10);
  • 2016: Tallied four points (2g 2a) in four games
  • 2015: Finished with three points (2g 1a)
  • 2014: Finished with one point in four games (1a)
  • 2013: Finished with three points in four games (1g 3a)
  • 2012: Finished with two points in four games (1g 1a); Scored the game-winning goal on Nov. 10 to clinch first place over Canada and was named the U.S Player of the Game
  • 2011: Finished with six points in four games (3g 3a); Named U.S. Player of the Game in 10-1 win over Finland (Nov. 12)
  • 2010: Finished with two points in four games (1g 1a)

IIHF Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series
2011 – Team member

U-22 Women’s National Team
2008, 2010, 2012 Team Member

U-18 IIHF Women’s World Championships
2x Gold Medalist

  • All-time leading scorer in tournament history with 33 points (22g 11a) in 15 games
  • 2008: Finished with six points in five games (4g 2a); Named one of the team’s top three players for the tournament
  • 2009: Finished with 15 points in five games (8g 7a); Selected one of Team USA’s three best players for the tournament
  • 2010: Finished with 12 points (10g 2a) in five games; Earned the directorate award for the tournament’s top forward after recording 10 goals and 2 assists and a +10 rating in 5 games; Selected one of Team USA’s three best players by the coaches; Assistant Captain

COLLEGE HOCKEY – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Senior Year (2015-2016)

  • 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient as the top player in women’s college hockey
  • Set Northeastern Career Records in points (249), goals (141), single-season points (84)
  • Named Hockey East Player of the Year and a First Team All American
  • Led the NCAA in goals, goals per game, points per game, shorthanded goals and hat tricks
  • Became Hockey East all-time leader in career points and career goals
  • Led the Huskies to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance as captain
  • Hockey East Scoring Champion award winner
  • NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award Winner Recipient
  • NCAA Top 30 Woman of the Year Honoree
  • Named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team
  • WHEA Distinguished Scholar (All-Academic Team all four years)
  • WHEA Top Scholar Athlete (4.0 GPA for the season)
  • All-New England Player of the Year

Junior Year (2014-2015)

  • Named WHEA First-Team All Star
  • Second Team All-American
  • Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top Ten Finalist
  • Named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team
  • 2x Warrior Player of the Week in Hockey East
  • All-USCHO Second Team

Sophomore Year (2012-2013)

  • Named CCM Hockey All-American Second Team, Army ROTC Three Stars Award winner, team MVP
  • Seven-time Athletic Republic Player of the Week honoree
  • Became the 22nd player in program history to record 100 career points, and only the third to accomplish the feat in less than two seasons
  • Set the league record for conference points in a season
  • Named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team
  • Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top Ten Finalist
  • Beanpot Most Valuable Player
  • 2x Athletic Republic Player of the Month
  • WHEA All-Tournament Team

Freshman Year (2011-2012)

  • Named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team
  • Unanimous choice as Hockey East Rookie of the Year
  • Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 30 Finalist
  • Hockey East First Team All-Star
  • USCHO.com Rookie of the Year
  • All-New England Division I All-Star

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