Thursday, October 9, 2014

A first for this Hilary?

Hilary Knight: Olympic Female Hockey Player Says I'm Ready For NHL

Hillary Knight / Courtesy:  Anaheim Ducks
By Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2014,

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After Hilary Knight skated with the Anaheim Ducks, the two-time U.S. Olympian emerged confident she can play hockey with anybody in the world.

Knight practiced with the Ducks on Friday as part of her work to raise the profile of women's hockey. The skilled forward is thought to be the first non-goalie to practice with an NHL team, and everybody in Anaheim thought Knight fit in perfectly.

"I'm one of those women who just like to push boundaries," Knight said. "I've got a frame and stature that can blend in sometimes with some of the guys, and it's a great opportunity to go out there and skate with them."

Indeed, the 5-foot-10 Knight's speed and size allowed her to blend in seamlessly with the two-time Pacific Division champion Ducks. Her whip-quick wrist shot impressed Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau, who has never watched a women's hockey game live.

"I was really pleasantly surprised at her skill," Boudreau said. "Once she got over the jitters, I think she was really good. I'd be pretty nervous if I walked into an NHL room and had to practice with them, and I thought she handled it really well."

Knight joined the Ducks for the first 25 minutes of their workout, going through skating and passing drills, and she returned later for 20 minutes of shooting. Knight also dropped in as a guest coach for a Ducks-affiliated women's team on another rink in the training complex.

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