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Minnesota Whitecaps star Kendall Coyne becomes first woman to compete in NHL All-Star Skills Challenge

She finished less than a second behind the winner in the speed contest.

History was made Friday night as Kendall Coyne Schofield became the first woman to compete against men in the NHL All-Star Skills competition. 

The Minnesota Whitecaps speedster and Olympic champion put on a show in the Fastest Skater competition, finishing just one second behind the winner, NHL superstar Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. 

The competition is a race around the rink, and the fastest time wins. Coyne Schofield did it in 14.346 seconds. 

She finished seventh out of eight skaters, the other seven of whom are NHL All-Stars. 

  1. Connor McDavid (Oilers) - 13.378 seconds
  2. Jack Eichel (Sabres) - 13.582 seconds
  3. Mathew Barzal (Islanders) - 13.780 seconds
  4. Miro Heiskananen (Stars) - 13.914 seconds
  5. Elias Pettersson (Canucks) - 13.930 seconds
  6. Cam Atkinson (Blue Jackets) - 14.152 seconds
  7. Kendall Coyne Schofield (Whitecaps) - 14.346 seconds
  8. Clayton Keller (Coyotes) - 14.526 seconds

According to USA Hockey, Coyne Schofield was added to the competition after Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon dropped out. The Avalanche asked her on Twitter if she wanted to do it, and she accepted. 

Coyne Schofield has five goals and seven assists in 11 games with the Whitecaps in their inaugural season in the National Women's Hockey League. She'll play in the NWHL All-Star Game Feb. 10 in Nashville. 

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