Female Olympian practices with Ducks

Published Oct. 4, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. — After Hilary Knight skated with the Ducks, the two-time U.S. Olympian emerged confident she can play with anybody in the world.

Knight practiced with the Ducks on Friday as part of her work to raise the profile of women's hockey. The forward is thought to be the first non-goalie to practice with an NHL team.

"I've got a frame and stature that can blend in sometimes with some of the guys, and it's a great opportunity to go out there and skate with them," Knight said.

The 5-foot-10 Knight's speed and size allowed her to blend in with the Ducks. Her quick wrist shot impressed coach Bruce Boudreau, who has never watched a women's hockey game live.

"I was really pleasantly surprised at her skill," Boudreau said. "Once she got over the jitters, I think she was really good. I'd be pretty nervous if I walked into an NHL room and had to practice with them, and I thought she handled it really well."

Knight joined the Ducks for the first 25 minutes of their workout, going through skating and passing drills, and she returned later for 20 minutes of shooting. Knight also dropped in as a guest coach for a Ducks-affiliated women's team on another rink in the training complex.

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