The Chicago Blackhawks will have a number of former players heading to the Winter Olympics in a few weeks on the Men’s side of the tournament, but no player with connections to the Blackhawks will have a bigger role for their team than two-time medalist and Blackhawks development coach Kendall Coyne-Schofield. Ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Coyne-Schofield has been named Captain of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team.
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) January 24, 2022
This will be the third time that Coyne-Schofield has served as Captain for Team USA, having done so for the 2019 and 2021 Women’s World Championships. Along with Coyne-Schofield, Team USA announced alternate captains Brianna Decker, Lee Stecklein, and Hilary Knight.
The Palos Heights-native has represented the U.S. twice before at the Olympics, earning a Silver Medal in 2014 and a Gold Medal in 2018, which was the first Gold for the U.S. since 1998. In ten career Olympic games played, she’s recorded four goals and nine assists. Since 2011, she has been a part of eight medal-winning U.S. teams at the Women’s World Championships, including six Gold Medal teams, skating in 44 World Championships games and recording 25 goals and 56 points.
The 2022 Women’s Winter Olympic Hockey tournament begins on February 3, with the U.S. taking on Finland in their first game of the tournament.