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Kendall Coyne Schofield to serve as NBC Sports analyst on 'Wednesday Night Hockey'

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Tue, Jan 29th 2019 12:15 pm

2018 Olympic gold medalist became first woman to compete in NHL All-Star Skills Competition

2018 Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield will join NBC Sports’ coverage for this week’s “Wednesday Night Hockey” matchup between the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Coyne, who currently plays for the Minnesota Whitecaps of the National Women’s Hockey League, became the first woman to compete in an NHL All-Star Skills Competition when she participated in the fastest skater event this past weekend.

Coyne will be featured on NBC Sports’ commentary team throughout the night, joining “NHL Live” pre-game coverage, providing reaction and analysis during intermissions, and serving as an “Inside-the-Glass” and booth analyst.

“Kendall’s a gold-medal winning player who had a spectacular moment at the All-Star Game that had people talking about hockey,” said Sam Flood, executive producer and president, production, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “We saw the enormous reaction the players and fans had when she blazed that amazing speed, and want to celebrate her accomplishment. We think viewers will be very interested to hear her lean in and talk about hockey during a regular-season game.”

Coyne will join the broadcast team of John Forslund (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (“Inside-the-Glass” analyst) for the call from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Pre-game coverage starts at 7 p.m. on “NHL Live,” hosted by Liam McHugh alongside analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and NHL insider Bob McKenzie.

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