The 33-year-old from Solar Valley, Idaho, added to her all-time event goalscoring document together with her profession 51st.
Knight broke that document beforehand held by former U.S. captain Cammi Granato (44) throughout final 12 months’s world championship in Calgary.
After what gave the impression to be a record-clinching second help of the second interval, Knight was mobbed by her teammates close to the U.S. bench in celebration.
Scorers finally assigned certainly one of her assists to a teammate later within the sport, however Knight’s purpose early within the third interval ensured the document was hers.
Knight was offered with a plaque and a commemorative jersey post-game.
A tribute video was additionally proven on the world’s video display screen at centre ice.
“What Hilary Knight means on and off the ice for the sport of hockey is indescribable. This milestone is simply one other a part of that,” U.S. captain Kendall Coyne Schofield mentioned.
“You wish to speak in regards to the quantity. The one factor you don’t see is the consistency of labor that Hilary Knight places in day in and day trip away from this event on her personal, simply the grind.
“There’s a purpose she’s in a position to do what she’s doing at this age and this degree in her twelfth event. I do know there’s plenty of hockey left in quantity 21.”
Knight’s mother and father and brother in Herning, Denmark, to witness her history-making sport meant loads to Knight as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic had prevented them from attending what little competitors there was over the past two years.
“We haven’t had household at tournaments for a extremely very long time,” Knight mentioned.
“You sort of take it without any consideration that your loved ones’s at all times going to be there. To have an expertise the place they’re not such because the Olympics and the world championships earlier than, this one meant extra simply because they had been there.”
She’s received seven world championships and an Olympic gold medal in 2018 throughout her 16-year profession with the U.S. girls.
Knight has 4 targets and three assists in 5 video games for unbeaten U.S. heading into Saturday’s semifinals.
“We’re mid-tournament proper, so you need to deal with that,” Knight mentioned. “On the finish of the day, we wish to win one other world championship.”
She handed two Hockey Corridor of Famers on the all-time factors checklist in the course of the event as Canada’s Jayna Hefford ranked second with 83.
Wickenheiser appeared in 13 world championship and Hefford in 12.
“They’re great for the game. Pioneers,” Knight mentioned.
“I bear in mind vividly Wickenheiser hopping over our blue-line and simply sniping high shelf in one of many tournaments and considering ‘who’s that? I wish to be similar to that,’ however the American model, proper?”
Knight counts her extra time purpose to win the 2017 world championship in Plymouth, Mich., amongst her profession highlights.
The host crew had threatened to boycott its personal event in an effort to achieve extra monetary and aggressive help from USA Hockey.
The Individuals succeeded in that after which beat Canada 3-2 within the remaining on Knight’s OT winner.
“Simply what we achieved off ice, on ice, it was kind of that Disney guide ending to it to the event,” Knight mentioned.
“That was a particular one. Blocking a shot, kicking it to Kendall, Kendall driving and creating house for me. I might fill in that good pocket and to beat a terrific goaltender, that at all times feels good.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 1, 2022.
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press