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 Jan 25, 2019; San Jose, CA, USA; USA women’s ice hockey player Kendall Coyne-Schofield in the fastest skater competition in the 2019 NHL All Star Game skills competition at SAP Center. Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

When Kendall Coyne Schofield stepped onto the ice at SAP Center in January 2019, she didn’t realize that she was forming a new bond with the team hosting the NHL All-Star Game. Turns out, it’s a pretty strong bond.

In an announcement released on Twitter this morning, Coyne Schofield said she’s joining the Sharks’ Broadcast Team.

Coyne Schofield will join the team as a color commentator in some of the Sharks’ broadcasts.

“I’ve always felt a part of the San Jose family since I left that moment,” Coyne Schofield told NBCSN’s Marcus White. “Everyone’s been so supportive, and the outreach from the San Jose community just to me as a hockey player has been unbelievable. So, I’m really excited to transition that into the broadcasting realm.”

Coyne Schofield became a recognizable name to hockey fans while winning an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. Women’s Hockey team in PyeongChang in 2018. Less than a year later, she and a few other women’s hockey stars were invited to take part in the NHL Skills Competition during the All-Star Weekend in San Jose.

That’s when she broke another barrier in the hockey world and got the attention of Sharks fans.

Coyne Schofield did a stint with the NBCSN broadcast crew after the All-Star game and was back in the booth for the playoffs.

There’s no word yet on what her first broadcast will be or if it will be on TV or radio. Over the past few years, the Sharks’ color commentators have rotated between TV and radio depending on the game.