Knight joins incoming class

US National team member Hilary Knight has signed a national letter of intent and becomes the sixth member of the Wisconsin Women's 2007 recruiting class.

MADISON, Wis. - United States national team member Hilary Knight has signed a national letter of intent and will join the two-time defending national champion Wisconsin women's hockey team for the 2007-08 season, head coach Mark Johnson announced.

Knight becomes the sixth member of the incoming freshman class, joining fellow forwards Mallory Deluce and Kelly Nash as well as defensemen Anne Dronen, Olivia Jakiel and Malee Windmeier.

"Hilary is a powerful player with great size," Johnson said of the Hanover, N.H., native. "She has a chance to be a real impact player for us because of the skill set that she possesses."

A 5-10 forward, Knight made her first two appearances for the U.S. senior national team during the past year. After earning a spot on the roster for the Four Nations Cup last November, Knight was the youngest player on the U.S. squad at the 2007 IIHF World Women's Championship earlier this month. UW head coach Mark Johnson led both of those teams, which each claimed the silver medal.

"The biggest thing I've seen with Hilary is her development between the Four Nations Cup last November and the World Championships," Johnson said. "She's got such raw potential that is just getting tapped into and getting international experience over the course of the winter is going to help her elevate her game."

For the last four seasons, Knight has played for both Choate Rosemary Hall and the Connecticut Polar Bears U-19 team. This past season, Knight recorded 53 goals and 72 points in just 23 games for Choate Rosemary Hall. In 97 career games for Choate, Knight tallied 143 goals and 210 points and was named the Founders League MVP in each of her last two seasons.

Knight helped lead the Connecticut Polar Bears to a third-place finish at the 2006 USA Hockey Girls' 19 and Under National Championship. In four seasons with the Polar Bears, Knight registered 158 goals and 253 points in just 128 career games.

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