USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight sets world championship record

USA Hockey’s very own Hilary Knight set the IIHF Women’s World Championship career record during a quarterfinal game.

The US striker made history after beating Hungary 12-1 in Denmark on Thursday night.

The 33-year-old Native American from the Midwest recorded both a goal and an assist at Welten, which added to her 87 career points total. In the second half, Knight assisted Hannah Bilka’s goal and in the third half, Knight scored in just three minutes.

Knight beat out Hockey Hall of Famer forward Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada, who currently serves as assistant GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wickenheiser’s total was 86.

In the IIHF World Championship Tournament, Knight also holds the record for most goals (51).

The American superstar was honored for her incredible performance during a ceremony after Thursday’s game.

Knight won seven gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championships and the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics with Team USA. She has also won three silver medals at the Olympics, including one at the Vancouver 2010 Games, one at the Sochi 2014 Games and one at the Beijing 2022 Games.

With victories over Japan, Finland, Switzerland, Canada and Hungary for the 2022 IIHF World Championship, the top scorer in Women’s World Championship history has a chance to improve on her record this week.

USA Hockey plays in the semifinals on Saturday, September 3rd.

If Team USA loses, they play in the bronze medal game and if they win, they play in the gold medal game, both of which take place on Sunday, September 4th to conclude the tournament.

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