Hilary Knight on SNL's Weekend Update

Wisconsin Badgers ice hockey alum and Olympic gold medalist Hilary Knight made an appearance on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update segment with Leslie Jones on Saturday.

A beaming, gold-medal-adorned Hilary Knight made a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segment this weekend.

Flashing a smile that just would not quit, the former Wisconsin Badgers women's hockey forward joined Leslie Jones at the newsdesk fresh off helping Team USA pull off a historic win over Canada in the gold medal game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The focus of the bit she appeared in was ostensibly to rib Update co-host Colin Jost for offering to show Jones his hockey skills. The joke worked OK, but the video is compelling just because of the magnetic joy on Knight's face throughout her minute-long appearance.

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Try not to smile when you see her face. She appears at about the 3-minute mark:

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It looks like Knight was having just as much fun backstage during the show, judging by the tweets showing her with Jones and Georgia hip-hop trio Migos.

One of the best times of my life!!! @hilaryknight @nbcsnl

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Knight scored the first goal and had a shootout attempt blocked in Team USA's thrilling 3-2 victory in Gangneung, South Korea, on Feb. 22, helping to end a 20-year gold-medal drought for the U.S. women's hockey team. It was her third Olympics with Team USA, and she has two silver medals from her previous Olympics appearances.

Pyeongchang Olympics Ice Hockey Women

United States' Kendall Coyne, left, and Hilary Knight celebrate after winning the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea.

Knight was a forward with the Badgers team from 2007 to 2012, and holds school records for points (262) and goals (143), as well as game-winning goals (30), power-play goals (37), short-handed goals (8), shots (986) and hat trick games (9), and many Western Collegiate Hockey Association records as well.

Hilary Knight at UW

Then-UW senior Hilary Knight (23) and freshman Katy Josephs celebrate Knight’s goal against Bemidji State in 2012.


Nick Heynen was the online editor for the Wisconsin State Journal and managed the newspaper's social media accounts until 2018. A Maryland native transplanted to Wisconsin, he joined the paper in 2007 as data reporter.

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