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RELEASE: Eight employees promote women in hockey to announce 2021 picks




The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that select members of the organization’s hockey and youth hockey divisions will announce the club’s draft picks on stage during this weekend’s National Hockey League Draft.

Among the eight Blackhawks employees announcing picks are: Annie Camins, Senior Director Youth Hockey; Kendall Coyne Schofield, Coach for player development & growth specialist youth hockey; Mary DeBartolo, Senior Coordinator, Hockey Strategy & Analytics; Meghan Hunter, director of Hockey Administration and Amateur Scout; Laura Jordan, Manager, Developmental and Girls Programming; Kelsey Koelzer, Scout, Player Staff; Brigette Lacquette, Pro Scout; and Karlyn Pilcho, Scout, Player Staff.

Three of the women announcing the rosters are recent hires in the Blackhawks Hockey Strategy & Analytics and Pro Scouting divisions:

Karlyn Pilcho joins the Blackhawks as scout, player staff. She recently held the title of General Manager for the NWHL’s Boston Pride, after being hired in 2019. Pilch was the architect of the 2021 Isobel Cup champions. The previous season, her first as GM, was the Pride de NWHL Regular-Season Champions. In her role, Pilch’s responsibilities included evaluating prospects in multiple leagues, negotiating player contracts, managing the salary cap and coordinating media availability.

A graduate of Boston University, Pilch was an honoree of the Hockey East All-Academic Team while playing for the Terriers. The Salem, New Hampshire native has also worked for the BU as Director of Hockey Operations, Saint Anselm College as a coach, NEPS Inc. as Finance and Accounting Specialist and USA Hockey as New England District Coach/Evaluator.

Brigette Lacquette comes to the Blackhawks as a pro scout. Saskatchewan-born Mallard, Manitoba and Cote First Nation became the first First Nations Woman to play on Canada’s Olympic hockey team in 2018 in PyeongChang, helping her country win a silver medal. Lacquette made her IIHF Women’s World Championship debut in 2015, winning the first of two back-to-back silver medals with Canada. Additionally, Lacquette was named the 2017 Team Manitoba Top Female Athlete.

Alumnus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Lacquette has played on the Canadian National Senior Women’s Hockey team since 2015, while also gaining extensive experience as a player evaluator through years of coaching.

Kelsey Koelzer will join Chicago as scout, player staff. The Princeton University graduate joins the Blackhawks while remaining head coach of Arcadia University, a position she has held since she was hired in 2019. Koelzer was the first Black Women’s Head Ice Hockey Coach in NCAA history.

Born in Horsham, Pennsylvania, Koelzer was a three-time First-team All-Ivy League honoree and was named Ivy League Player of the Year in 2016. She was also the NWHL Draft’s first overall selection later that year. Koelzer led the Metropolitan Riveters to the 2018 Isobel Cup Championship. She served on the NHL/NHLPA Female Hockey Advisory Panel for three years (2018-21) as the group sought to brainstorm and implement initiatives to grow hockey among the female demographic.

The Blackhawks make the 12th overall roster on Friday and the Draft continues on Saturday in Rounds 2-7. The first round of the 2021 NHL Draft will air Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Rounds 2-7 will air on NHL Network starting Saturday at 10 a.m.




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