Meet Laila Edwards, the teenage phenom set to make history with Team USA

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On Saturday afternoon, Edwards will become the first Black woman to play for Team USA.

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Laila Edwards is the first Black woman to play for the U.S. senior national team, which USA Hockey confirmed on Saturday afternoon.

Ariz. — Laila Edwards asked to step away from the interview. She’d just received a direct message on X (formerly known as Twitter) from Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs’ All-Pro tight end, Taylor Swift’s (possible) boyfriend and Cleveland Heights, Ohio’s most famous export. Advertisement So, understandably, she needed a minute.

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