Hilary Knight (ice hockey)
July 12, 1989 |
Palo Alto, CA, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)|
|National team||United States|
Hilary Atwood Knight (born July 12, 1989) is an American ice hockey forward. She is a member of the United States women's national ice hockey team. Knight was born in Palo Alto, California, but grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Knight competed for the Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey program, as well as for Choate Rosemary Hall. Her first year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Knight helped the team place second in the NCAA championships. The following year she led her team in points as the Badgers went on to win the National Championship.
In her freshman year, Knight ranked second on the team in goals (20), and tied for fifth on the team in assists (18). Her points total of 38 was good enough for third overall in team scoring. She ranked seventh in the nation in points per game for rookies and game-winning goals. During the season, Knight had 12 multi-point games (ranked third). For the season, Knight led the team in game-winning goals with six. On February 2, Knight recorded a hat trick against WCHA rival North Dakota.
As a sophomore, Knight appeared in 39 games for the Badgers. Knight led the NCAA in goal scoring (45) and points (83). Her 16 power-play goals ranked first in the NCAA. Based on her statistical accomplishments, Knight became the new Badgers record-holder for points, goals and power-play goals in one season. She recorded 24 multi-point games, 13 multi-goal games and 11 multi-assist games.
On September 27, 2008, versus the Quinnipiac Bobcats, Knight had a career-high (and school record) five goals in one game. In the process, she recorded her first natural hat trick. Versus WCHA rival North Dakota (on November 16), Knight got her second hat trick of the season. During the Frozen Four, Knight led the team in scoring with six points (three goals and three assists). From September 26 to October 31, Knight had a nine game point scoring streak. She would end the season with a six game point streak.
On October 2, 2010, Knight had a five-point game in a 6–0 victory over RPI. She had a natural hat trick to start the game and then had two assists. On January 14 and 16, 2011, Knight produced eight scoring points while leading the Badgers to a two-game sweep of St. Cloud State. Knight accumulated five points on three goals and two assists in the January 14th 10–0 win. On the 16th, she had two more goals and one assist for three points as the Badgers won by a 6–0 mark. Of her five goals, two were scored on the power play, and one of the goals on January 14 was the game winner. With the sweep, the Badgers increased their winning streak to 10 straight games.Knight is the top goal scorer in Div. 1 women’s hockey this season with 31. On February 5, 2011, Knight scored her 36th goal of the year at 2:46 in the overtime period as Wisconsin defeated the Bemidji State Beavers by a 3–2 mark at the Sanford Center. Bemidji State goalie Alana McElhinney made 43 saves on the night including 24 in the second period.
On September 25, 2011, Knight scored her fifth career hat trick in a 13–0 defeat of the Lindenwood Lady Lions ice hockey program. In a December 10, 2011 WCHA contest versus Bemidji State, Kinght produced four points, giving her a career total of 239. She has now surpassed Meghan Duggan’s 238 career points, to become the Wisconsin Badgers all-time leading point scorer. For her efforts, Knight was recognized as the WCHA Player of the Week. On January 28, 2012, the Badgers hosted a record crowd of 12,402 attended the Kohl Center as Wisconsin swept the Bemidji State Beavers. Hilary Knight notched her first goal since Dec. 10 with 7:38 left in the third period. Said goal would stand as the game winner on Fill the Bowl night. She graduated with 262 career points, and is the Badgers all-time leader in goals (143), game-winning goals (30), power-play goals (37), and short-handed goals (8).
Selected third overall by the Boston Blades in the 2012 CWHL Draft, Knight would end the season third overall in league scoring. She would become the first American-born player to grab the CWHL’s Most Valuable Player Award. In the postseason, she would emerge as the leading scorer, helping the Blades win the 2013 Clarkson Cup.
- Most Goals in One Game: 5; vs. Quinnipiac (September 27, 2009)
- Most Assists in One Game: 4; vs. Dartmouth (March 14, 2009)
- Most Points in One Game: 6; vs. Dartmouth (March 14, 2009)
- Longest Point Scoring Streak: 9 consecutive games; (September 26 to October 31, 2008) 
As a teenager, Knight was a member of the United States senior national team. In November 2006, she played for Team USA in the Four Nations Cup and was the youngest player for Team USA at 17 years old. At the 2007 IIHF World Women's Championship, she was the youngest player on the United States squad. Her head coach was also the Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson. Knight earned silver at the tournament for the US. Later in the year, she played for the United States Under 22 National Team. She scored the game-winning goal at 7:48 of overtime as the U.S. Women’s National Team won its third consecutive world title with a 3–2 overtime victory against Canada at the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship at Hallenstadion. In the United States first game of the 2011 IIHF Eight Nations Tournament, Knight scored a hat trick in a victory over Russia. In the opening match of the 2012 IIHF World Women's Championships, Knight scored two goals in a 9–2 win over Canada.
She participated in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics for the United States of America and scored the team's first goal of the 2014 Olympics.
Awards and honors
- 2009 RBK Hockey/AHCA Division I first-team All-American
- 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top 10 finalist
- 2009 WCHA Player of the Year
- 2009 Frozen Four All-Tournament team
- 2008 WCHA All-Rookie Team
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of Oct.8, 2008)
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of Nov. 19, 2008)
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of Oct. 5, 2010)
- 2008–09 WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year
- WCHA Rookie of the Week honors (Week of Jan. 7, 2009)
- WCHA Rookie of the Week honors (Week of Feb. 4, 2009)
- 2010 WCHA Pre-Season Player of the Year
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of January 5, 2011)
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of January 19, 2011) 
- 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award Nominee
- 2011 First Team All-America selection
- Media All-Star team, 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship
- U.S. Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month for April 2011
- The city of Sun Valley, Idaho declared May 19, 2011 as Hilary Knight Day.
- U.S. Player of the Game, November 9, 2011 vs. Sweden, 2011 4 Nations Cup
- WCHA Player of the Week (Week of December 14, 2011)
- 2012 Jeff Sauer Award
- Team USA.org: Vancouver women’s hockey team announced.
- "Courtney Johnson Player Profile". Brown Bears athletics. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- Meet the new Team USA, by Richard O'Brien, p.E6, The Record:Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, Saturday, November 4, 2006