Les Canadiennes made a huge splash yesterday when they announced that Hilary Knight will be joining the team for the remainder of the season and playoffs.
Knight is a household name to anyone who has even remotely heard of women’s hockey. She is one of the more recognizable names in the sport’s history whether it’s in Canada, the United States, or around the world.
She has done a lot of things on an ice rink that has made her that household name. Here are a few, and what she can bring to Les Canadiennes.
Knight, of course, scored the opening goal of the 2018 Olympic gold medal game on the power play to give the United States a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the first period. She was stationed in front and tipped home a Sidney Morin shot.
That maybe wasn’t even the most clutch goal she scored against Canada. At the 2017 World Championships, she won the United States the gold medal in overtime with a perfect shot.
That shot was on display at the NHL All-Star skills competition when she set a time that would have placed her third among the NHL players who took part in the drill behind only Brock Boeser and Brian Boyle.
That wasn’t the only time she skated on an NHL rink as she took part in a practice with the Anaheim Ducks for an NHL practice under Bruce Boudreau.
And like many women’s hockey players, her path to terrorizing goaltenders started in the NCAA with the Wisconsin Badgers. She was a candidate for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the best NCAA player.
She didn’t win that year - that honour went to her Wisconsin teammate and current Team USA linemate Brianna Decker.
Knight practiced with the Canadiennes for the first time on Thursday and will make her debut on Sunday at the Complexe Bell in Brossard. The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet.