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When I was putting on my hockey skates when I was three years old, I didn't think I'd play in two Olympic games, get the education that I received or sitting in front of you here today after being the first woman to compete in an All-Star skills competition. Her short strides crossed over with a ferocity not normally seen from NHLers at All-Star Weekend.

She clocked a lap at the impressive time of 14.526 seconds.

Unfortunately, since she was "demonstrating" the Premier Passer event, her time - unofficially clocked at three seconds faster than the best men's time - did not count.

McDavid was the final skater in the field of eight and circled the rink in 13.378 seconds, surpassing the second-fastest time of 13.582, set by Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres. "I thought it was incredible and inspiring". She had been previously invited to All-Star weekend with other women's players from the US and Canadian teams but now she had the chance to perform on the big stage. "This was another huge step forward". But of course, it was Coyne, not McDavid, whose performance deservedly drew the hockey world's attention.

It's never happened. Not on a stage like this one.

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"Obviously, I was a little nervous", Coyne Schofield told ESPN. "I was fortunate to be a part of a lot of people pushing for it".

According to the NHL's Department of Hockey Operations, Coyne Schofield was timed in 14.226 seconds during Thursday's testing without warming up and after a five-hour flight. She can flat out fly.

"I'm pretty exhausted but awesome to be here", Coyne Schofield said in a televised interview on NBC Sports Network moments after she had raced around the rink in 14.346 seconds. The forward suited up in the Chicago Pro Hockey League this past summer, the lone woman in a league composed of 80 professionals and 80 amateurs.

Coyne Schofield's husband was rooting hard for her Friday from home, just like he was in the stands in PyeongChang at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"I think today the National Hockey League took that stance, they made that statement", Coyne Schofield said. "Definitely gave me some momentum and the adrenaline was pumping".

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