Kendall Coyne Schofield returned to the site of her historic lap from NHL All-Star Weekend on Sunday, skating with players from the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) in a game against a team of Sharks alumni.
THANK YOU @SanJoseSharks and @SharksAlumni for an incredible weekend in San Jose. You sought out the mission of the @PWHPA and provided us with this opportunity to make a lasting impact on the game together. Thank you. 🦈 #TealTogether #ForTheGame pic.twitter.com/ymN0vpid69— Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) September 23, 2019
Coyne Schofield, who will join San Jose's broadcast team this season, scored a goal and an assist in the PWHPA's 3-2 win in Sunday night's "Legends Game." The 2018 Olympic gold medalist dished to Gigi Marvin for the game's first goal in the first period, and she then picked a corner on her second-period goal, giving the PWHPA squad a 2-0 lead at the time.
The PWHPA hung on to win, but Coyne Schofield made her switch to the Sharks "official" after the game. Fellow broadcasters Bret Hedican and Jamie Baker helped Coyne Schofield don a teal sweater.
Making it jersey official. 👏 @BretHedican and @Bakes_Jamie13 welcomed @KendallCoyne to Team Teal after the Legends Game! pic.twitter.com/ONYfIwtaq5— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) September 23, 2019
SAP Center is starting to give Coyne Schofield a real home-ice advantage. Back in January, Coyne Schofield became the first woman to compete in an NHL All-Star Weekend event when she filled in for Nathan MacKinnon in the "Fastest Skater" competition.
"I've always felt a part of the San Jose family since I left that moment" Coyne Schofield told NBC Sports California earlier this month, "and everyone's been so supportive and the outreach from the San Jose community just to me as a hockey player has been unbelievable."
Coyne Schofield, as well as her 15 PWHPA peers who skated in the "Legends Game" and others who played in events around North America last weekend, are not playing in the NWHL this season in an effort to push for the creation of a women's hockey league that the organization considers to be a "realistic equivalent" to the NHL.