Kendall Coyne, shown at a past celebration at Sandburg High School, is the 2021 IBAM Person of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Kendall Coyne, shown at a past celebration at Sandburg High School, is the 2021 IBAM Person of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Coyne Schofield to be honored as IBAM’s Person of the Year

By Jeff Vorva

Palos Heights hockey legend Kendall Coyne Schofield is picking up a huge award Friday night and it doesn’t have much to do with hockey.

Schofield was named the Irish Books, Art and Music Person of the Year and will be honored at the group’s 13th Awards Gala Oct. 22 at the American Irish Center in Chicago.

Coyne Schofield and her husband, NFL offensive lineman Michael Schofield, have used their success and fame to form the Schofield Family Foundation, which helps the military, first responders, families, youth sports plus education and research.

“Our committee receives names who would make good candidates for Person of the Year, and we pick from there,” said Cliff Carlson, a member of the IBAM committee. “They have to be Irish, anywhere globally, and the fact that she formed a charity to help others was a big part of her being considered.”

Coyne is a two-time Olympic medal winner for the United States. She helped the team to a silver medal in 2014 and a gold in 2018.

The 29-year-old is not slowing down as she was named captain of the International Ice Hockey Federation women’s World Championship in August, where the United States lost to host Canada, 3-2 in the finals. She had two goals and three assists in seven games.

The Sandburg graduate in 2020 became the first female player development coach in the Blackhawks organization.

Michael Schofield has had an interesting year. The 30-year-old started the NFL preseason with Baltimore but was cut and latched on with the Los Angeles Chargers, a team he played with from 2017-2019. He is first on the depth chart at right guard for the Chargers, who won four of their first six games.

He was a starting lineman and won a Super Bowl ring with Denver in 2016.

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