Hilary Knight makes history, Stars ink Jake Oettinger to 3-year deal, and more

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Feb 17, 2022; Beijing, China; Team United States forward Hilary Knight (21) squirts water on her neck during warmups prior to the game against Team Canada during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at Wukesong Sports Centre. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports

Women’s hockey star Hilary Knight wrote her name into the record books on Thursday. On her third period goal in a 12-1 steamroll by Team USA over Hungary, she surpassed Canadian legend Hayley Wickenheiser for most points (87) at the Women’s World Championship.

“Breaking this record is such a surreal moment and a dream come true,” Knight said. “This doesn’t happen without the unconditional support from my family, teammates, coaches, and friends.”

Hilary Knight makes history

Knight, 33, is one of the most accomplished athlete’s in hockey history. She’s won Gold at the Olympics and added three Silver medals to her résumé. At the World Championships, Knight has made 11 appearances and captured medals in every tournament played, including 8 Gold and 3 Silver.

As she and Team USA look to capture another title, Knight has been the leading scorer in the tournament 4 times. At this time, she has 4 goals and 7 points in 5 games. Teammate Taylor Heise leads all scorers with 13.

Jake Oettinger signs 3-year deal

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Dec 2, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) and center Joe Pavelski (16) celebrate the win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars and goalie Jake Oettinger have come to terms on a three-year deal on Thursday. His new contract runs through the 2024-25 season and has an AAV of $4M.

This past season, the 23 year-old netminder posted a 30-15-1 record with a .914 SV%, 2.53 GAA, and one shutout last season. For his career, he’s amassed a 41-23-8 record with a .913 SV%, 2.46 GAA and two shutouts.

“Jake’s performance spoke for itself last season,” general manager Jim Nill said in a news release. “He has elite physical ability and presence in the net, while also exhibiting phenomenal mental strength in high pressure situations. Jake’s poise and character off the ice have made him a leader in our locker room. He has shown that he has the skill, work ethic and poise to excel at the NHL level. He was a key part of the team’s success last season, and we’re excited to see him continue to grow here in Dallas.”

The Dallas Stars selected him in the first-round of the 2017 Draft. With Braden Holtby out for the season, he’s expected to assume the lion’s share of the goaltending minutes for the 2022-23 campaign.

Buffalo Sabres bring back Black and Red logo

The Buffalo Sabres have announced their third jersey is the return of the Black and Red logo.

“This season, the team will wear the third jersey, modeled after the primary uniforms the team wore from 1996 until 2006, for 12 home games during the 2022-23 campaign,” the Sabres said in a statement. “The new uniform will be fully revealed in early November. Stay tuned for details regarding on-sale dates for the jersey.”