When she was just 5-years-old, Hilary Knight moved from Palo Alto, CA, to the suburbs of Chicago where she would pickup her first hockey stick. Unlike many elite hockey players, Knight was not born into a hockey family, rather a skiing one – her cousin is three-time Olympic alpine skier Chip Knight. The sport of choice would go on to change in the Knight household.
Today Knight is the owner of two Olympic silver medals. In Vancouver she was the youngest member of the team. Four years later and at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Knight, along with her U.S. teammates stood heartbroken as their rivals from Canada were awarded the gold medal for the fourth Olympics in a row.
Since Sochi, Knight has helped lead the U.S. women to three-straight world championship gold medal wins over Canada. At the most recent World Championships held in Plymouth, Michigan in 2017, the U.S. women found themselve in another gold medal overtime game. Ten minutes into the overtime period, Knight snapped the puck past Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados to get the win.
Knight and her U.S. teammates hope PyeongChang will be the place to exercise their Olympic demons. "Gold or Bust" is the constant message coming from Knight and her teammates as they attempt to win the first women's hockey gold medal for the U.S. since the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
Between stints of wearing the red, white and blue for Team USA, Knight was one of seven U.S. national team members on the star-studded 2016-17 roster for the NWHL’s Boston Pride.
Getting to know Hilary Knight
Played college hockey for Wisconsin, where she helped the Badgers win a national championship in 2009
When it comes to her diet, Knight says smoothies are a "MUST"
Says, to this day, she is still afraid of the dark