May 20, 2011
MADISON, Wis. – Junior Hilary Knight was honored in her return to her hometown in Idaho this week as the City of Sun Valley declared May 19, 2011 as Hilary Knight Day. The Badger forward was recognized for her achievements by Sun Valley Mayor Wayne Willich.
“We are very pleased to have Hilary as a representative of Sun Valley,” Mayor Willich said. “Her ‘team-first’ positive attitude and enthusiasm is a great example for the young women in our community. We are pleased Hilary is able to take a break from her grueling training schedule to return home and be with us today to accept this award and we look forward to her continued success.”
Mayor Willich issued a proclamation announcing Hilary Knight Day during a city council meeting Thursday. The proclamation honored Knight’s achievements in women’s ice hockey and most recently, her gold medal-winning goal in overtime that led the U.S. women’s national team to a victory over Canada and its third-straight gold medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, in Zurich, Switzerland.
Knight’s success with the U.S. national team came on the heels of leading the Badgers to their fourth national championship. Knight garnered first-team All-American honors after leading the nation in scoring with 47 goals during the 2010-11 campaign.
At Thursday’s city council meeting, Mayor Willich also presented Knight with the keys to the City of Sun Valley in recognition of her contribution to women’s ice hockey and her representation of Sun Valley in international competition. He offered the City of Sun Valley’s support to build awareness of the sport of ice hockey as well.