U.S. women’s national hockey team player Kendall Coyne has announced her signing with the Minnesota Whitecaps.
Coyne is a former Northeastern Husky who won silver with Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi while she was in college. By her senior year, she won the 2016 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is the women’s hockey version of the Heisman Trophy. That season, she led the NCAA in goals, goals per game, points per game, shorthanded goals and hat tricks.
Starting in the fall, Coyne will play for the Whitecaps, an independent professional hockey squad. The team used to be a part of the Western Women’s Hockey League before it dissolved in 2011.
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Though the Whitecaps are not a part of the NWHL, they play teams in the league. Coyne, an Illinois native, will return to her midwest roots to begin her professional hockey career.