It's a Happy New Year indeed for Hilary Knight.
An excerpt from the blurb on Knight from ESPNw's slideshow:
After settling for silver in her Olympic debut in Vancouver, the two-time national champion at Wisconsin made her intentions clear in the final exhibitions before the Games... With USA-Canada perhaps the most heated rivalry in women's sports right now, the spotlight will be bright on Knight and her teammates.
Knight scored three goals and two assists in the Four Nations Cup (including two in the third-place game against Sweden) and a goal in each of the nationally televised games against Canada in December, one of them a shootout winner on Dec. 28 in St. Paul, Minn. She was a presence on the ice throughout the series, playing well on both sides of the puck, and this recognition is well-deserved.
- Two stories from USA Hockey's women's hockey Web page, one a recap of the final roster announcement, the other a more in-depth look at what being on the roster means to the players.
- The Gophers' Web site reports that seven current and former players will be representing Minnesota at the Olympics in February. Aside from the five selected for Team USA, defenseman Mira Jalusuo and goaltender Noora Raty, both alumni, will play for Team Finland.
- Not directly Olympics-related, but in CWHL action, the Boston Blades and Montreal Stars are matching up in the first league game since mid-December. This game will be streamed live on cwhl.ca. Each team has a number of Olympians on its roster.