As much as McDavid pushed to retain his title as Hockey's Fastest Man, there was no question Coyne Schofield stole the show. Every player rose, instantly compelled to their feet by Coyne's performance and eager to congratulate her for it, because of course, Coyne didn't just earn notoriety by being the first woman to participate at Superskills, she did it by making it indubitably clear that she belonged in the competition of the NHL's fastest skaters.
"It was electrifying, the US chants".
Kendall Coyne Schofield and Brianna Decker, stars from Team USA, took part in the competition, showcasing their talents versus the NHL's brightest. Heck yeah, Coyne Schofield said.
Decker, 27, wasn't the only woman to make waves with her performance at the Skills Competition on Friday.
Decker was enlisted by the National Hockey League to demonstrate the Premier Passing drill prior to the actual competition, which featured eight National Hockey League contestants.
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Knight has been integral in bringing visibility to women's hockey, as has Schofield, and getting the chance to open up the event in the city where she opened her professional career with the Boston Blades is special.
It's worth noting that even if Decker didn't actually top Draisaitl's time of 1:09, she undoubtedly beat at least six other contestants who had times higher than 1:25. "I knew it was a moment that could break a lot of barriers and a moment that would change the perception of our game and show support to our game". "I thought she might've won the way she was moving".
Schofield didn't win, but she finished less than a second behind McDavid, which is pretty darn impressive.
"She beat me? Wow". It was a great experience for the National Hockey League to have her do that event. For reference, that time would've beaten Josh Bailey, Noah Hanifin and Zach Werenski in last year's competition, which Brayden Point won with a time of 13.579 seconds.
Decker finished the competition in 1:06.