History is going to be made Friday at the NHL All-Star Game’s skills competition.
Kendall Coyne Schofield, a member of the United States’ Olympic gold medal winning hockey team, will become the first woman to officially compete in the fastest skater event. Hilary Knight participated last year, but she did not officially compete.
Coyne, 26, takes the place of Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon who pulled out of the event on Friday with an apparent lower-body injury.
The Avalanche announced MacKinnon would not participate, but in that same post, they extended an invitation to Coyne to take his spot in the event.
She jumped at the opportunity.
“Nate’s here in San Jose for #NHLAllStar , but has someone else in mind to compete for Fastest Skater,” the Avalanche tweeted. “@KendallCoyne, what do you think!?
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 25, 2019
“It would be my honor,” she replied. “I’ll get to the rink as fast as I can! #NHLAllStar #HockeyIsForEveryone.”
— Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) January 25, 2019
The NHL All-Star Skills Competition can be seen at 9 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN.