Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notebook: U.S. Women's Star Practices with Ducks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notebook: U.S. Women's Star Practices with Ducks

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Olympic women's star practices with Ducks

After Hilary Knight skated with the Anaheim Ducks, the two-time U.S. Olympian emerged confident she can play hockey 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 skilled forward is thought to be the first non-goalie to practice with an NHL team, and everybody in Anaheim thought Knight fit in perfectly.

"I'm one of those women who just like to push boundaries," Knight said. "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."

The 5-foot-10 Knight's speed and size allowed her to blend seamlessly with the two-time Pacific Division champion Ducks. Her whip-quick wrist shot impressed Anaheim 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 won an NCAA title during a decorated four-year career at Wisconsin, and she has Olympic silver medals from Vancouver and Sochi, where the U.S. team lost twice to Canada in the gold-medal game.

Wild trim roster * Minnesota has reduced its training camp roster to 27 players, with the start of the season less than a week away.

The Wild assigned seven players to their AHL affiliate: defensemen Jonathan Blum, Justin Falk and Gustav Olofsson and forwards Tyler Graovac, Michael Keranen, Zack Phillips and Joel Rechlicz. They placed forwards Curt Gogol and Brett Sutter on waivers and will assign them to Iowa if they clear.

The Wild must trim the active roster to 23 players for the opener next Thursday against Colorado, but right wing Justin Fontaine is out with a lower-body injury and goalie Josh Harding is suspended for a broken foot that occurred off the ice. That leaves two cuts, with young defensemen Matt Dumba and Christian Folin competing for a spot.

Blackhawks add Carcillo * Chicago has added forward Daniel Carcillo to its training camp roster. …

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