Two-time U.S. Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight said she hopes to play in an NHL preseason game one day after becoming the believed-to-be first female skater (non-goalie) to practice with a full NHL team with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I just wanted to slide in and pretend like I’m one of the guys,” Knight said, according to the newspaper. “I’m one of those women who likes to push boundaries, continue to push the envelope, and I have the frame and stature to blend in. It was a great opportunity.”
Knight, who co-led the U.S. with six points in Sochi and seven assists in Vancouver, is still on the U.S. Women’s National Team. She’s set to play in the Four Nations Cup next month.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said it’s “conceivable” Knight could play in an NHL exhibition at some point, according to the newspaper.
“Never say never … if she can play that well in this practice, that can happen,” Boudreau said.
Goalies have practiced and played in NHL exhibition games, most recently Canadian Olympic champion Shannon Szabados practicing with the Edmonton Oilers in March.
Szabados and Finland goalie Noora Raty currently play in men’s leagues.
Five-time Canadian Olympic forward Hayley Wickenheiser participated in Philadelphia Flyers’ prospects camps in 1998 and 1999.
Retired Canadian Olympic goalie Manon Rheaume played in NHL exhibition games in 1992 and 1993.
Here are videos and photos of Knight from Friday:
Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.
Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.
Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.
Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.
He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.
“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.
Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.
Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.
Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.
“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”
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