About Hilary Knight
Professional Hockey Player, Olympic Silver Medalist, MVP of the Canadian Women's Professional Hockey League, Four-time World Champion and Three-time All American in the Sport of Women's Hockey.
Hilary Knight is a two-time Olympic Silver medalist, six-time World Champion and arguably the best female hockey player in the world. She is changing the landscape for females in sport. In 2014, she made history as the first female skater (non-goalie) to practice with an NHL team after she took the ice with the Anaheim Ducks.
Hilary grew up in a skiing household with parents who had never ice skated. She was on skis at the age of two, but when she turned five, her family moved to Chicago and she began playing ice hockey. Her three younger brothers all played hockey and helped her hone her skills growing up.
When it came time to choose a college, Hilary had her pick from the many schools recruiting her. After visiting the University of Wisconsin, she chose to play for a great coach on a team that would help her prepare for the 2010 Olympic Games. Preparing for the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, she took a year off from school to focus on hockey. That year, Hilary led the American team to the 2009 IIHF Worlds with seven goals in five games, and added two assists for nine points. It was the third-ever gold for Team USA, and Hilary was named one of the top three players at just 19 years old. The following year, at the Vancouver Olympics, Hilary made her debut as the youngest member of the US Women’s Hockey Team. And after winning the silver, she returned to Wisconsin to complete her collegiate career with the Badgers.
Hilary was extremely successful at the collegiate level. She was a three-time All-American and appeared in the NCAA Final all four of her years as a Badger, leading Wisconsin to the title her sophomore and junior seasons. In her junior season Hilary also set the all-time record for goals scored, surpassing her coach’s previous record that had stood for 30+ years. In the 2010-2011 season, Hilary was named co-MVP for the Badgers during their victorious championship game, the first of many MVP awards she would earn on the ice. She led the NCAA her last season with 45 goals, 43 assists, 83 points, and 16 power-play goals in 39 games, and left women’s college ice hockey with an amazing legacy.
In 2012, Hilary was drafted first overall in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. She played for the Boston Blades her rookie season, and was named MVP of the league as she carried the Blades’ scoring record that season.
In 2013, Hilary played on Team USA, winning Gold at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, and in 2014, she helped lead Team USA to a Silver Medal at the Sochi Olympics, where was named to the media all-star team in addition to being named the Bob Allen’s Player of the Year for Women’s Hockey.
That same year, in 2014, through ESPN Magazine’s “The Body Issue,” Hilary shattered the idea that that muscular isn’t feminine, and spoke out on behalf of women all over the world. She also spoke at the espnW: Women + Sports Summit encouraging the rethinking of stereotypes for women’s sports. In March of 2015, Hilary was the face of the Always’ #LikeAGirl campaign, helping to empower girls and women everywhere to believe in themselves.
At the IIHF Women’s Worlds in 2015, Hilary was named the MVP, and was named the Best Forward as she led Team USA to Gold. Switching to the National Women’s Hockey League later that year, Hilary led her team the Isobel Cup title, and was named the NWHL’s Leading Scorer.
At the 2016 World Championship, Team USA and Hilary went undefeated on the road to their third straight World Championship gold and claimed their seventh IIHF Women’s World Championship title with a 1-0 overtime victory over Canada. For the second straight year, Hilary was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and received the Directorate Award for Best Forward. Hilary was also named to the Media All-Star Team and was voted one of the top three U.S. players. Throughout the tournament, Hilary led with 7 goals and 1 assist, finishing the tournament as the leading scorer with 8 points.
Hilary is currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and is always looking for ways to change the world of hockey. Her impact on women’s sports has created an opportunity for women and girls everywhere to step up and compete.
- 2016, IIHF Women’s World Championships –Hilary was named MVP and Best Forward
- 2016, IIHF Women’s World Championships, Kamloops, BC, Gold
- 2016, NWHL League Leading Scorer
- 2016, NWHL Isobel Cup Champions
- 2015, IIHF Women’s World Championships –Hilary was named MVP and Best Forward.
- 2015, IIHF Women’s World Championships, Malmo, Sweden, Gold
- 2015, Clarkson Cup Champion, Boston Blades
- 2014, Became the first female skater (non-goalie) to practice with an NHL team
- 2014, Sochi Olympic Games, Women’s Hockey, Silver Medal
- 2014, Named to US Women’s Olympic Hockey Team for the Sochi Olympic Games
- 2014, named Bob Allen’s Player of the Year by USA Hockey
- 2013, IIHF Women’s World Championships, Ottawa, CA, Gold
- 2013, IIHF Women’s World Championships Semifinal, Ottawa, CA, Named “Player of the Game”
- 2013, Named MVP of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League
- 2013 Clarkson Cup Champion, Boston Blades
- 2012, IIHF Women’s World Championships, Vermont, Silver
- 2011, IIHF Women’s World Championships, Zurich, Gold
- 2011, Women’s 4 Nations Cup, Nykoping, Gold
- 2011, Named Athlete of the Month by the USOC
- 2010, Vancouver Olympic Games, Women’s Hockey, Silver Medal
- 2010, Women’s 4 Nations Cup, St. John’s, Silver
- 2009, IIHF Women’s World Championships, Hameenlinna, Gold Medal
- 2009, Women’s 4 Nations Cup, Virumaki, Silver
- 2008, IIHF Women’s World Championships, Harbin, Gold Medal
- 2008, Women’s 4 Nations Cup, Lake Placid, Gold
- 2007, IIHF Women’s World Championships, Winnipeg, Silver Medal
- 2006, Women’s 4 Nations Cup, Kitchener, Silver
In 2010, Hilary Knight made her Olympic debut at age 20 in Vancouver as the youngest member of the US team where the team went on to take a Silver Medal.
In 2012, Hilary was drafted first overall to the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. In her rookie season she led the Boston Blades in goals and was named MVP of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
Hilary is always looking for ways to change the world of hockey as women know it. Next up on her list, the 2014 Sochi Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia.