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Hilary Knight

The Women’s Sports Foundation announced today that Hilary Knight has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year Award in the Team Sport category. Knight’s qualifications for the award include winning both Best Forward of the Tournament and MVP at the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship, as well as being named a member of the Media All-Star Team. Knight helped lead the Boston Blades to 2015 Clarkson Cup victory with seven points in three playoff games, and captured second place with Team USA at the 2014 Four Nations Cup in Calgary, Alberta.

The Palo Alto, California native played last season with the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Boston Blades, but announced earlier this summer that she would sign with the National Women’s Hockey League. As of yet, she has not announced which team she will be playing for.

Before playing in the CWHL, Knight proved herself while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers. She hit the ice with her skates moving and never looked back. Her freshman year she scored 20 goals which ranked her second on the team and when combined with her 18 assists gave her third place in overall scoring for the team. She only improved during her sophomore year when she led the NCAA, not just her team, in scoring (45 goals) and points (83) in 39 games. By the time she graduated she had 262 career points and stands as the Badgers’ all-time leader in goals (143), game-winning goals (30), power play goals (37) and short-handed goals (8).

The winner is tabulated 50% by the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee and 50% public vote and will be announced at the 26th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on October 20, 2015. Voting is open until August 31, 2015.

Knight’s nomination puts her in illustrious company that includes Carli Lloyd, Maya Moore, and Malaika Underwood.

Molly is not an athlete. She quickly got used to winning the “Best Smile” award at her family's Summer Olympics (an award made up especially for her by her grandmother, who felt bad that she never won anything else). But as they say, "Those who cannot do, write about it from the sidelines and provide orange slices at half time."

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