If you live in or near Anaheim, California, you might just want to clear your schedule this weekend. Hilary Knight – who already boasts two Olympic Silver medals, four International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, and was the first American-born player named MVP of the CWHL – is adding another accolade to her incredible resumé. The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that Knight will practice with the team today (October 3rd), which makes her possibly the first non-goalie female to ever practice with an NHL team.
Knight will participate in a portion of the Ducks’ practice session prior to taking part in the IIHF’s global initiative to promote girls’ interest in hockey, World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, which kicks off October 11th. The Ducks are honoring this event with a week-long campaign focusing on girls’ hockey.
The Ducks are dedicated to making a positive impact on female youth in local communities using the sport of hockey to teach educational themes, encourage healthy and active living, reinforce the importance of positive character building, and reward youth for their dedication of pursuing academic excellence.
Hilary Knight will have a busy weekend involving practice with the Ducks at 10 AM at The Rinks – Anaheim Ice, followed by serving as a guest coach for the Lady Ducks hockey team. Knight will then join the Ducks tomorrow, October 4th, where she will have a special meet-and-greet with fans prior to the Ducks’ preseason game against the San Jose Sharks. She will also participate in the pre-game skate and on-ice drills, and be honored during a ceremonial puck drop that will feature girls from local youth hockey associations. The evening will be #GirlsPlayHockey night for the Ducks.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) October 1, 2014
Knight won’t stop there… Tuesday, October 7th, she is slated to takeover @usahockey‘s Twitter account, coinciding with nationwide events by USA Hockey in support of IIHF’s Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend.
For more information on the Ducks’ participation in World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, including their own special Girls Try Hockey For Free Day, please visit Anaheim Ducks GIRLS’ HOCKEY WEEKEND