Hilary Knight named Bob Allen Women’s Hockey Player of the Year

“She’s one of the best players, if not the number one, in North America, and certainly in the United States,” said Joel Johnson, head coach of the 2022 U.S. Olympic team. self, you’re talking about a record career. One of the things that people don’t talk about is the longevity of her career and the fact that she continues to improve with every event she attends. The accomplishments and the litany of things you can score statistically speak for themselves.

Knight presented one of the most prolific performances by an American player in Olympic history. She scored 10 points, good for third place overall in the tournament, but tied for second all-time at a single Winter Olympics by an American player. His six goals also tied for second most in United States history at a single Olympic tournament.

Knight’s goals were also important, including a pair of game winners and an important shorthanded goal in the gold medal game against Canada. His defensive efforts were equally impressive, as Knight posted a plus-six rating in seven games.

“I’m proud to play closed defense,” Knight said. “I don’t want to be marked and I don’t want our group to be marked. You have to be able to play in all three zones.

Looking ahead to the Winter Olympics, Knight scored four goals and five points in six games on the My Why Tour presented by Toyota against Canada. Knight now has 12 career goals and 27 points in Olympic competition. She is first among active American players and second all-time in points behind Jenny Potter, third in goals behind Natalie Darwitz and Katie King and second in assists behind Potter.

“She grabbed the limelight and held it for a decade,” Johnson said. “When I look at Hilary, she’s had a great career and was one of the most successful players on Team USA for a long time. She splashed onto the scene early in Wisconsin and she just keeps getting better. reason she keeps getting better is that she’s an all-around player and still provides one of the best offensive threats in the game.”

Million was impressed to see Knight’s continued rise in the Beijing record books.

“Hilary Knight keeps racking up awards,” Million said. “She’s just an exceptional player. The longevity, loyalty and commitment are incredible and I couldn’t be happier for her.

Knight, of Sun Valley, Idaho, has been a mainstay of the United States Women’s National Team since 2006. She helped Wisconsin win two national championships and also won titles in the pro space.

Knight is tied for the most Olympic appearances and medals won, both with four. She won a very important gold medal in 2018 and three silver medals in 2010, 2014 and 2022. Knight also won eight gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championships and three silver medals.

Knight credited her teammates with one of the most decorated careers in American women’s hockey history.

“I think any hockey player knows you don’t sign up for individual accolades,” Knight said. “It’s one of those things where you play with great people and sometimes you get rewarded individually for it. It’s a testament to the program and the kind of women we have in this room. That’s what makes me stepping back and wanting to represent our country.”

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Catherine J. Martinez