Kendall Coyne Schofield has won five gold medals at the IIHF world championships, one Olympic silver, one Olympic gold, and one Patty Kazmaier Award for being the best collegiate hockey player in the country. Last week she became the first woman to participate in the NHL’s skills competition at the All-Star Game.
And on Wednesday night, Pierre McGuire felt he needed to tell her which team was on which side of the ice.
Coyne, guesting as an on-ice analyst for NBC Sports for Wednesday’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins, stood with McGuire between the benches during pregame exercises.
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Pierre turns to Coyne at the start of the segment. “Tampa’s gonna be on your left, Pittsburgh’s gonna be on your right,” McGuire says. “What are you expecting out of this game? We’re paying you to be an analyst, not to be a fan tonight!”
Coyne, a consummate professional in addition to six-time world champion, deftly pivoted away from the patronization and instead discussed the game, which she framed by mentioning Tampa’s bye week and Pittsburgh’s brutal 6-3 loss to New Jersey on Monday.
McGuire, after he was fired from his position as head coach of the Hartford Whalers after just 67 games (with a record of 23-37-7) and was the subject of the single most savage news article in hockey history, served as assistant coach of the Ottawa Senators before he was fired after two months. Since 2006 he has been an NBC sports hockey analyst.
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