Hilary Knight (ice hockey)
Knight in 2010
July 12, 1989|
Palo Alto, California, USA
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)|
Les Canadiennes de Montreal|
|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 and Les Canadiennes de Montreal of the Canadian Women's Hockey League. She previously played for the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League, with whom she won the inaugural Isobel Cup.
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. With the US national team, she won seven gold medals at the IIHF World Women's Championships and the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In her freshman season (2007–2008), 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 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 14, 10–0 win. On the 16th, she had two more goals and one assist for three points as the Badgers won 6–0. 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 was 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, Knight 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 that attended the Kohl Center as Wisconsin swept the Bemidji State Beavers. Knight notched her first goal since December 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 fourth overall by the Boston Blades in the 2012 CWHL Draft, Knight ended the season third overall in league scoring. She became the first American-born player to win the CWHL's Most Valuable Player Award. In the postseason, she was the leading scorer, helping the Blades win the 2013 Clarkson Cup.
On September 25, 2015, Knight moved to the Boston Pride of the NWHL. In her first game with the Boston Pride, she scored the team's first goal and went on to score another goal in the game. She finished the season as the NWHL's first-ever scoring champion. Knight scored the overtime-winning goal in Game 1 of the 2016 Isobel Cup finals and ultimately won the inaugural Isobel Cup with the Pride. In February 2017, while playing for Team Kessel, Knight scored a goal at the 2nd NWHL All-Star Game.
Return to CWHL
|2017 United States|
|2012 United States|
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 that 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.
Knight took a year (2009–2010) off from school at the University of Wisconsin to join Team USA. She was the youngest member of either the men's or women's teams, at 20 years, 217 days of age. She had 7 assists and 1 goal, with the lone goal coming against Finland. She finished the Olympics with 8 points, and earned a silver medal.
In 2014, Knight was tied for the Team USA lead in points with 6, and scored the team's first goal of the tournament. She was named to the Media All-Star team after the end of the Games. She finished the tournament with 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points, and earned a silver medal.
In 2018, Knight scored Team USA's first goal in the final game and earned a gold medal.
Regular season and playoffs
|2007–08||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||36||19||16||35||24||5||1||2||3||4|
|2008–09||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||34||39||28||67||18||5||6||10||16||6|
|2010–11||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||34||42||27||69||10||7||5||7||12||2|
|2011–12||University of Wisconsin||WCHA||34||28||26||54||22||6||3||3||6||0|
- Most goals in one game: 5; vs. Quinnipiac (September 27, 2008)
- Most assists in one game: 5; vs. St. Cloud State (February 11, 2012)
- Most points in one game: 6; vs. St. Cloud State (February 11, 2012)
- Longest point scoring streak: 20 consecutive games; (December 10, 2010 to February 26, 2011)
- Career multi-point games: 63
Awards and honors
- The city of Sun Valley, Idaho declared May 19, 2011 as Hilary Knight Day.
- 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 November 19, 2008)
- WCHA Offensive Player of the Week (Week of October 5, 2010)
- 2008–09 WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year
- WCHA Rookie of the Week honors (Week of January 7, 2009)
- WCHA Rookie of the Week honors (Week of February 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
- WCHA Player of the Week (Week of December 14, 2011)
- 2013 CWHL Most Outstanding Player Award
- 2015–16 NWHL regular season scoring champion
- Media All-Star team, 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship
- U.S. Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month for April 2011
- U.S. Player of the Game, November 9, 2011 vs. Sweden, 2011 4 Nations Cup
- 2012 Jeff Sauer Award
- 2015 IIHF World Women's Championship Tournament MVP
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- "Wisconsin's Knight, North Dakota's Lamoureux-Kolls, Ohio State's Steffes Named WCHA Women's Players of the Week" (PDF). WCHA. January 19, 2011.
- "Knight Lifts Wisconsin to 3–2 Overtime Win at Bemidji State". WCHA. February 5, 2011.
- "Badgers Continue Dominance, Sweep Lindenwood 13–0". September 25, 2011. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012.
- "Hockey Game Box Score (Final): #1 Wisconsin vs #7 Bemidji State (Dec 10, 2011 at Bemidji, Minn.)" (PDF).
- "Wisconsin's Knight, Minnesota State's Altmann, St. Cloud State's Friend Named WCHA Women's Players of the Week" (PDF). WCHA. December 14, 2011.
- "Race for WCHA Championship, Four Home Playoff Berths Heads into February; Four Upcoming League Series have OSU at UMD, BSU at UND, UM at SCSU, MSU at UW; Women's Record Crowd of 12,402 Watches Host Badgers Edge BSU at Kohl Center" (PDF). WCHA. January 31, 2012.
- "Wisconsin Women's Hockey 2011–12 Record Book" (PDF).
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- Clauss, Kyle Scott. "Q&A with Boston Pride's Hilary Knight on Making History in the NWHL". Boston Magazine.
- "Pride take Game 1 of Isobel Cup Finals in OT". SI.com. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "That's What She Said: NWHL Star Hilary Knight". espnW. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "NWHL Stars Shine Bright in Pittsburgh". NWHL. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- "MEDIA ADVISORY: AMERICAN SUPERSTAR HILARY KNIGHT TO PLAY FOR MONTREAL". thecwhl.com (Press release). March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- O'Brien, Richard (November 4, 2006). "Meet the new Team USA". The Record: Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo. p. E6.
- Podnieks, Andrew (April 25, 2011). "USA Wins Women's Gold: Golden Bounce As Hilary Knight Scores Overtime Winner". IIHF. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016.
- "U.S. Women's National Team Shuts Out Russia, 12–0, at 2011 Women's IIHF Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series". USA Hockey. August 24, 2011. Archived from the original on November 21, 2011.
- Ryan, Ted (April 7, 2012). "U.S. Women Rout Canada 9–2 at World Championship". NHL.
- "23: Hilary Knight". UWBadgers.com. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013.
- Merk, Martin (February 21, 2014). "Three Honours for Schelling". IIHF.
- "Badger Forward Honored in Hometown with Hilary Knight Day". UWBadgers.com. May 20, 2011. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012.
- "League Head Coaches Select Defending National Champion Minnesota Duluth to Win WCHA in 2010–11". WCHA. September 22, 2010.
- "Wisconsin's Knight, Dronen and Packer Named WCHA Women's Players of the Week". WCHA. January 5, 2011.
- "Eight WCHA Players Among Nominees for 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award". WCHA. February 21, 2011.
- "Women's Division I Old Time Hockey All-Americans Announced". American Hockey Coaches Association. March 17, 2011.
- "Tomcikova named MVP". IIHF. April 25, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
- "Knight named USOC's Athlete of the Month". UWBadgers.com. May 12, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- "2011 Four Nations Cup". usawomenshockey.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- "Badgers Draw Season to a Close with Team Banquet". UWBadgers.com. March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
- Aykroyd, Lucas. "Knight Named MVP". IIHF 2015 Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- Media related to Hilary Knight (ice hockey) at Wikimedia Commons
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com
- U.S. Olympic Team player profile
- USA Hockey player profile
- Player Bio on UWBadgers.com
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Hilary Knight". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.