Hilary Knight returning to the CWHL to play for Montreal

The Canadiens may not have made any roster moves to please the fans, but the Canadiennes have just added a big star to the lineup.

Recent Team USA Olympic gold medalist and 28-year-old free agent Hilary Knight has joined Montreal's CWHL club just in time for the 2018 playoff run.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to get back on the ice and to play in Montreal in front of Fabs fans! It’s always an honour to be able to promote women’s hockey, and my goal is to help Montreal defend their title as Clarkson Cup Champions,” said Knight.

Knight was drafted in 2012 by the Boston Blades, is a former CWHL MVP and two-time Clarkson Cup champion.

“Hilary Knight is one of the most talented players in the world, and a champion for female athletes everywhere,” said Les Canadiennes’ general manager, Meg Hewings. “We’re thrilled to welcome Hilary to Montreal, to have her join our all-star roster and play in hockey’s most passionate market. She’s an impact player who will help our organization continue to be a leading, world-class club.”

Knight is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday when the Canadiennes host the Calgary Inferno at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.