A NWHL Boston Pride co-captain for the 2015-16 season, Hilary Knight, was one of a number of players who hadn’t inked a deal for the upcoming season as July came to a close.
That changed on Sunday afternoon, though, as the NWHL officially confirmed that she’ll be back with the Isobel Cup Champions for another year.
Pride general manager Hayley Moore confirmed that Knight will return next season on a one-year deal worth $20,000, which is a $2,000 pay cut from last year. Per the official release:
“Hilary is an absolute game changer,” said Moore. “She proved that last season; she rises in the heat of the pressure, and brings energy into the building. Both on and off the ice, Knight pushes boundaries, sets new limits, and inspires those around her. There are lines out the door of young girls who want to see Hilary play, and that’s for a good reason.”
Knight led the NWHL in scoring in the league’s inaugural season with 15 goals and 18 assists (33 points) during the regular season, then added 9 points (7g, 2a) during four playoff games en route to the championship. Re-gaining her offense next year will be huge for the Pride, who will look to have a strong sophomore season to follow up their championship victory in 2016.
In addition to her performance with the Pride, Knight – a member of the United States women’s national team – has played for USA in nine Four Nations Cup tournaments, eight IIHF World Championships, and both the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games. An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she finished her collegiate career with 262 points, setting school records for goals (143), game-winning goals (30), power-play goals (37), and short-handed goals (8). She boasts two Olympic silver medals, two World Championship silvers, six World Championship golds, and an NCAA championship.