Blackhawks hire Kendall Coyne Schofield as player development coach

She becomes the first female player development coach in franchise history.
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(670 The Score) The Blackhawks have hired Kendall Coyne Schofield as a player development coach and youth hockey growth specialist, they announced Monday. She’s the first female player development coach in franchise history.

In another pair of moves in their hockey operations department, the Blackhawks hired Erik Condra as a player development coach and Juan Gonzalez as the AHL Rockford Icehogs’s strength and conditioning coach. Coyne and Condra will both assist the Rockford coaching staff in the skill development of its players while also evaluating and scouting prospects.

“Adding talented people with diverse and multi-faceted backgrounds like Kendall, Erik and Juan enhances our operations as we assess the changing landscape of hockey at all levels and continue to build and maintain a system of elite hockey,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “Each of these individuals brings unique experience to their position, and we are excited to welcome them to the Blackhawks family.”

Coyne is a native of Palos Heights and a graduate of Sandburg High School. She was a member of the United States team that won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2018 and is a six-time world champion in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship.

Beyond her player development coaching gig, Coyne will also formalize her work as a community liaison for the Blackhawks into a youth hockey growth specialist that focuses on grassroots youth hockey programs and clinics.

In previous front office moves made over the summer, Kyle Davidson was named assistant general manager overseeing hockey administration, Mark Eaton was named assistant general manager overseeing player development, Norm Maciver was named vice president overseeing player personnel and Ryan Stewart was named assistant general manager overseeing pro scouting.