Friday, May 01, 2015

Babe of the Month - Knight Fever

Hilary Atwood Knight was born on 12th July 1989, in Palo Alto, California, but grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire. She is an professional ice hockey player for the Boston Blades in The Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL), and also for the United States women's national ice hockey team.

When Hilary was five-years-old her family made the move from California to Chicago, where she truly started playing the sport.

When it came time to choose a college, Knight had her pick – nearly everyone was recruiting her. Her parents wanted her to attend an Ivy League school, but suggested she visit Wisconsin. After visiting Wisconsin Hilary decided that if she was going to play in college, she wanted to play for a great coach on a great team, where she could learn and prepare to make the 2010 US Olympic team.

Hilary appeared in a NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Championship Final in all 4 of her years as a Wisconsin Badger.

In her freshman year, Knight ranked second on the team in goals (20), and tied for fifth on the team in assists (18) and helped the team to second place in the NCAA Championships.

As a sophomore (2008-2009), Hilary led the Nation with 45 goals and went on to win a National Championship with the Badgers.

In her junior season (2010-2011) the Badgers won the NCAA Championship and Hilary was named joint MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the Championship as well.

In her senior season, Hilary captained the Badgers to the National Championship Game, the WCHA title and set multiple new records in Women’s Hockey. Hilary set the all time record for goals scored surpassing her coach’s previous record which had stood for over 30 years.

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 post-season, she would emerge as the leading scorer, helping the Blades win the 2013 Clarkson Cup.

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.

She scored the game-winning goal 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 2010, Hilary Knight made her Olympic debut for the United States of America, in Vancouver at age 20 and was the youngest member of the US team that went on to take a silver medal.
She also participated in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and scored the team's first goal of the 2014 Olympics, where the team again went on to take the silver medal overall.

You can follow Hilary on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram

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