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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
December 3, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Liz Knox, Alumna

Liz Knox (BA '10) was 7 years old when she first stepped into the crease as a goalie. She remembers loving it right away – the thrill of a big save and hearing the crowd get behind her. That passion and years of hard work have made Knox one of Laurier’s most storied athletes.

Knox, who is setting her sights on playing for Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics, said one of her most memorable accomplishments was playing for Team Canada in an exhibition game against Team USA.

“To stand on the blue line and hear the national anthem and realize you are living out your childhood dream is pretty incredible,” she said.

The Olympics would seem a fitting trajectory for Knox, who was named 2010 Outstanding Woman of Laurier. Her accomplishments also include four Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship titles. In addition, she was named Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) player of the year in women’s hockey in 2009/2010, and is the first Golden Hawk to claim the Brodrick trophy since women’s hockey was added to the CIS program in 1997-1998.

Knox said Laurier has played a large role in her success.

“I think that the sporting culture that Laurier has developed and invested in is a huge attraction for young athletes,” she said. “The program is a really good balance between academics, athletics and having some social life.”

It also helped that she had so many positive role models to look up to on Laurier’s women’s hockey team.

“When I started in first year, meeting those people at a time when you’re not really sure who you are, helped me set goals for who I could become, not just as an athlete but also as a person off the ice.”