Olympic hockey star Kendall Coyne Schofield was excited to make her broadcasting debut on Wednesday ― however the second wouldn’t have been full with out a cringeworthy dialog with the notoriously awkward Pierre McGuire.
She was working as an NBC visitor analyst for Wednesday’s recreation between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins. She is a five-time Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation World Championship gold medalist and helped the USA snag gold finally 12 months’s Winter Olympics. For knowledgeable athlete like her, an understanding of hockey’s high-action stoppages and lengthy intermissions are second nature.
However that didn’t cease McGuire, a reporter for “Contained in the Glass,” from attempting to clarify the fundamentals to the hockey professional.
“Tampa’s going to be in your left, Pittsburgh’s going to be in your proper,” he advised her on air. “What are you anticipating out of this recreation? We’re paying you to be an analyst, not a fan tonight.”
Coyne Schofield made historical past final weekend as the primary lady to compete within the NHL All-Star Abilities Competitors. However that occasion additionally wasn’t with out a clumsy, boundary-crossing interplay, with McGuire touching her on the again and hip.
McGuire is thought within the hockey group for being constantly awkward on digital camera ― together with current rinkside interactions with Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Penguins star Phil Kessel.
Coyne Schofield launched a press release Thursday after footage of the trade made the rounds on social media.
“I do know [McGuire] respects me as a hockey participant, a lady, and a good friend and that’s the reason I didn’t suppose twice about our on-air trade when it occurred,” she wrote. “I perceive why individuals would suppose it was inappropriate; if I have been watching it at dwelling and noticed a person say this to a lady athlete, I might have been offended.”
She added that whereas she wished the interplay had gone in a different way, “what IS necessary is for each younger lady studying this to understand it doesn’t matter what anybody thinks of my hockey information – as a result of I don’t doubt my hockey information. … I might by no means let another person undo all of that work on the ice – and particularly off.”
McGuire additionally launched a press release Thursday in regards to the trade, saying he has identified Coyne Schofield for years and has coated her profession.
“We have been all thrilled to have her be a part of our protection final night time, however at occasions my pleasure received the higher of me and I ought to have chosen my phrases higher,” he wrote. “I’ve the utmost respect for Kendall as a world-class participant, analyst of the sport, and position mannequin.”
As for Coyne Schofield’s Wednesday broadcast, her evaluation was correct and detailed, as one would count on from an Olympic gold medalist.