She was once the youngest, but at age 32, Hilary Knight, a veteran of three Olympic teams, is now the oldest player on the U.S. women’s ice hockey national team roster.
Still, Knight, who grew up in California and went to Choate prep in Wallingford, Conn., is not exactly thinking in terms of her last Olympic Games or retiring or anything like that just yet.
“Who knows?” Knight said. “I don’t know. We’ll see. We got to that world stage [in 2018]. Winning the last Olympics was outstanding, incredible. You kind of feed off that and you want to go do it again.”
The U.S. women won the Olympic gold medal in 2018 in South Korea, beating their archrivals, the Canadians, 3-2 in a shootout after finishing second to Canada in 2014 and 2010. They will play Canada on Monday at the XL Center (7 p.m.) as part of the “My Why” Tour, as a pre-Olympic buildup. The 2022 Games will take place Feb. 4-20 in Beijing.
Team USA lost to Canada on Friday night in the first game of the tour in Allentown, Pa., 3-1.
This summer, Knight became the leader in career goals at the women’s world championships when she scored her 45th goal, against Russia. The U.S. lost to Canada 3-2 in overtime in the final.
Knight is just happy to be back together with the national team after the pandemic shut down the sport for a while. She was also sidelined 10 weeks in the winter after foot surgery.
And she’s happy to be back in Connecticut, where she has fond memories of Choate, from which she graduated in 2007.
“I have to give that experience so much credit for who I am as a person, for preparing me to succeed,” she said.
She also played for the Polar Bears, an elite girls hockey team in Connecticut.