It’s that exciting time of the month again when you have the opportunity to interact with us LIVE on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 at 9pm Eastern (8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific) Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014. This special “12-Talents” broadcast will feature David Webb, newly-retired General John E. Michel, Colonel Matthew T. Fritz and our special guests:
- Hilary Knight – Professional Hockey Player, Olympic Silver Medalist, MVP of the Canadian Women’s Professional Hockey League, Four-time World Champion and Three-time All American in the Sport of Women’s Hockey. Hilary grew up in a skiing household with parents who never had ice skated. She was on skis at the age of two and skiing ran in her family. Her cousin Chip Knight was a 3 time Olympic Skier. Her mom, Cynthia, got the idea of Hilary playing hockey from her paddle tennis partner, whose husband suggested it and helped teach them how to skate. When Hilary was five-years-old her family made the move from California to Chicago, where she truly started playing the sport. Hilary has three younger brothers who all play hockey and have helped her in perfecting her skills. “I always wanted to be better than my younger brothers,” Knight said. She and her brothers later taught their parents how to skate when Hilary was in high school, and her mom quickly took to the sport. She even joined a women’s league. When it came time to choose a college, Knight had her pick – nearly everyone was recruiting her. Her parents wanted her to attend an Ivy League school, but suggested she visit Wisconsin. After visiting Wisconsin Hilary decided that if she was going to play in college, she wanted to play for a great coach on a great team, where she could learn and prepare to make the 2010 US Olympic team. Hilary appeared in a NCAA National Championship Final in all 4 of her years as a Badger. As a sophomore, Hilary led the Nation with 45 goals and went on to win a National Championship with the Badgers. In her senior season, Hilary captained the Badgers to the National Championship Game, the WCHA title and set multiple new records in Women’s Hockey. Hilary set the all time record for goals scored surpassing her coach’s previous record which has stood for 30+ years. In her junior season (2010-2011) the Badgers won the NCAA championship and Hilary was named co MVP of the Championship. In her sophomore season (2008-09), Knight and Wisconsin captured the NCAA title as well, one year after losing in the final game. She led the NCAA last season with 45 goals, 43 assists, 83 points and 16 power-play goals in 39 games. In 2010, Hilary Knight made her Olympic debut at age 20 in Vancouver as the youngest member of the US team where the team went on to take a Silver Medal. In 2012, Hilary was drafted first overall to the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. In her rookie season she led the Boston Blades in goals and was named MVP of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Hilary is always looking for ways to change the world of hockey as women know it. Next up on her list, the 2014 Sochi Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia.
Learn More About Hilary at her website: http://hilary-knight.com/ or follow her on Twitter at @Hilary_Knight
- Digit Murphy – Margaret Degidio Murphy is the head coach of the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Prior to joining the Blades, she was the head coach of the Brown Bears women’s ice hockey program. She became the winningest coach in Division I women’s ice hockey history during her 18th season at Brown (2006–2007). During the 2006-07 season, a 3-1 victory over Boston University made Murphy the winningest coach in Division I women’s hockey history. With the victory, she passed former Providence and Yale coach John Marchetti. In the same season, the Bears beat Union, 6-0 for the 300th win of her career. As a student athlete at Cornell, Murphy had several accomplishments. She was a four-year letter winner for the Cornell Big Red women’s ice hockey team and was the Big Red team captain as a junior and a senior. In 1981, she was named Ivy League Player of the Year and finished her career with 123 goals and 90 assists. She was enshrined in the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and was inducted in the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame. Prior to coaching at Brown, she was a student athlete at Cornell University. The women’s hockey Most Valuable Player Award at Cornell is named after her. On numerous occasions, Murphy has been involved with USA Hockey. She coached the U.S. National team at the Lake Placid Olympic Festival in 2004. She was an assistant at the 1992 IIHF Women’s World Championships and the 1996 Three Nations Tournament. In addition, she was a member of the 1998 Olympic Selection Committee. For the 2012-13 Canadian Women’s Hockey League CWHL season, Murphy was the head coach and general manager of the Boston Blades. She would lead the franchise to the 2013 Clarkson Cup championship and an appearance in the finals of the 2014 Clarkson Cup. Murphy was named CWHL Coach of the Year.
Follow digit on Twitter at @digitmurphy