After a five years absence within the CWHL circuit, the three-time team USA Olympian and 2018 Pyonchang’s gold medalist, Hilary Knight, is coming back in the ranks of the league as a member of Les Canadiennes de Montréal.
An awaited comeback
Previously drafted and playing for the Boston Blades back in 2013 to 2015, the elite American goal scorer says she is very happy to be back where she made so many good memories back in the days, although this time, she wears a bigger name than she did a few years back:
“I have the opportunity the comeback and play with some respect. Obviously being a bigger name and stuff, you always have that added pressure, but when I step on the ice, I always want to be the best player and the best competitor I can be.”
If those words are anything to go by, fans are in for thrilling upcoming rest of the season, as the USA team member racked up some impressive numbers a few years ago. In 24 games, Knight scored 17 goals and contributed to 15 others for a 32 points debut in the CWHL and helping the team to reach an even better 17-6 record at their next season, in 2014.
Just in time for the big show
As for what’s coming up in Montreal’s jersey, the 29 years old says she couldn’t be more excited to comeback where she left it off and is ready to lace up the skates, especially with her new teammates:”I’m very excited to see them and greet them when everyone shows up to rink tonight for practice”.
Showing up just in time for the 2018 CWHL playoff run, it doesn’t get any bigger than that for the newcomer, who will most certainly look to help Montreal in securing their second Clarkson Cup in a row and looking just fine to do so, as they will face the Markham Thunder in their upcoming playoff game.
Looking rock solid offensively wise, Knight’s addition to the team will not go under the radar, as she will most likely form a dazzling-skilled line with her teammates, Ann-Sophie Bettez and Noémie Marin, who appears to be Montreal’s most prolific forwards this season scoring a remarkable 38 and 27 points, respectively, thus far.
Not only that, Les Canadiennes are also very much prepared to face any type of adversity during those upcoming playoff games, with an outstanding defensive lineup and incredible performances from their goaltender, Emerance Maschmeyer who is just like the rest of the team, winning it all this season with a 0.920 save percentage and a 15-3 record to her name.
Hilary Knight will make her debut game on March 11th at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, against the Calgary Inferno.