Hilary Knight sets new all-time points record at Women’s World Championship

In the United States’ 12-1 quarter-final win over Hungary on Thursday, Hilary Knight made history as the all-time leading scorer at the IIHF World Women’s Championship.

Going into the game, Knight was just one point off Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser’s previous all-time record with Team Canada of 86 points after already passing Jayna Hefford’s 83 points in the preliminary round.

Inevitably, Knight didn’t have to wait too long to pass Wickenheiser as well. By earning the first assist on USA’s seventh goal of the game (scored by Hannah Bilka in the second half), Knight tied the Canadian legend, and although it initially looked like Knight had broken the record with a second assist later in the period (Hannah Brandt’s 9 -0 goal), the assist credit was finally changed.

However, with a goal in the opening minutes of the third period to extend USA’s lead to 11-0, Knight officially made history by grabbing her 87e Career point at the Women’s Worlds.

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Knight now leads the tournament all-time in points and goals. She broke the goalscoring record last year in 2021, passing former record holder and Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato when she scored her 45e career goal.

2022 marks the 12 of Knighte appearance at the Women’s Worlds, which set a USA Hockey record. After her debut in 2007, she had 51 goals and 36 assists for the first 87 points in 63 games played.

But the 33-year-old striker’s illustrious career accolades don’t stop there. As a four-time Olympian, she won one gold and three silver with the United States, as well as eight gold and three silver at the World Championships.

As the No. 1 seed currently in the tournament, USA’s next game will be Saturday’s semi-final.

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