Hilary Atwood Knight is a well-known American female player for the United States Women’s National ice hockey team. She currently plays as the ice hockey forward for the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA). She is also the first female hockey player who was trained under an NHL team (the Anaheim Ducks).
She has one of the most impressive resumes in hockey and is considered the star of the USA Women’s Olympic Team.
5 Fun Facts About Hilary Knight
Knight used to play on an all-boys team when she started her ice-hockey career.
She credits her mom for inspiring her and motivating her to continue with her ice hockey career even if it was not an easy path.
Knight is an adrenaline junkie by heart. Some of her hobbies include mountain biking, mountain climbing, and white-water rafting, which are not activities for the faint-hearted.
She likes to take videos of her adventures and post them on her YouTube channel.
She has an English bulldog and named him Winston.
Life Quotes from Hilary Knight
“I dint want to make the team because I’m a girl, I wanted to make the team because I’m good enough.”
“I’m a ‘sky blue thinker’ and dream big.”
“People don’t know how fantastic women’s ice hockey is. People don’t know how fantastic hockey is in general.”
Hilary Knight Biography
Childhood and Early Life
Hilary Knight was born on July 13, 1989, in Palo Alto, California to James Knight and Cynthia Knight. She is from a white ethnical background and has an American nationality. After a few years, the family moved to Sun Valley, Idaho and Knight finished her degree in History at the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 2012.
Knight grew up in a family of skiers. However, as a young child, she chose skates over skis and often played with her three younger brothers. Her parents were very supportive of her hockey dreams and her work ethic towards her passion played a vital role in her success.
At just the age of 5 years, Knight told her grandmother that she would one day be an Olympian. As a young girl, she played for an all-boys team as the only girl. Although she was bullied, it did not stop her from pushing through to become a superstar.
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Although Hilary started playing hockey at a young age, her career blossomed when she started to play for the Wisconsin Badgers. During her freshman season in 2007-2008, she scored a total of 38 points which made her third-best scorer in the overall team scoring.
In her sophomore year, Hilary played 39 games for the Badgers. She was able to contribute 16 power-play goals to her team’s standing, which made them rank first in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
By the time Hilary was in her final year, she was able to graduate with 262 career points. She is credited with 143 goals, 30 game-winning goals, 37 power-play goals, and 8 short-handed goals.
After graduating college, Hilary was drafted fourth overall by the Boston Blades. While she was there, she played for a total of 41 games within 3 seasons. She totaled 29 goals and 33 assists and won the 2013 CWHL Most Outstanding Player Award.
In 2015, Hilary moved to the Boston Pride Team of the National Women’s Hockey League. (NWHL). She finished the season as the first-ever scoring champion, and ultimately won the Isobel Cup.
Come 2018, Hilary returned to the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and played for the 2018-2019 season.
After this stint, Hilary joined the PWHPA after joining the #ForTheGame movement.
Hilary started both her regular season and international journey in 2007. She is one of the most decorated female players in the history of women’s ice hockey. She has won one (1) Olympic Gold Medal as a member of Team USA, two (2) Olympic Silver Medals, and eight (8) gold medals at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships.
On September 27, 2008, she was awarded Most Goals in one game (vs. Quinnipiac). From December 10, 2010, to February 26, 2011, she was awarded the longest point-scoring streak for 20 consecutive games. On February 11, 2012, she was awarded Most Assists in one game (vs. St. Cloud State).
May 19, 2011, was declared as the Hilary Knight Day in the town where Hilary grew up.
Net Worth and Salary
In 2015, Hilary’s net worth was estimated to be $500,000. During this year, she earned a salary of $22,000 while playing for NWHL. In 2021, her estimated net worth is $1 million.
Currently, Hilary is signed to Les Canadiennes de Montreal and earns an annual salary of over $2,000 to $10,000. She is also sponsored by various brands including Redbull.
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