Claims to Fame
Hayley Wickenheiser was born in Shaunavon and lived here with her family until she was 12 years old, when they moved to Calgary, Alberta where she not only trained, but has also pursued a BSc degree at the University of Calgary.
Her talent is unsurpassed. Hayley was named Team Captain for the gold medal winning Canadian Women's Hockey team at the winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, she was the Assistant Captain of Canada's gold medal winning teams at the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and named MVP in both games. Wickenheiser is strong and skilled; a natural with a lethal slap shot, and rightfully described as the greatest female hockey player in the world.
At age 15, Wickenheiser was chosen for the Canadian Women's National Team. She has since led the Canadian Women's National squad to six gold and one silver medal at the Women's World Hockey Championships, a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and three Olympic Gold medals at the Winter Olympics in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Time and time again, Wickenheiser has proven to be an elite athlete. Honoured with the title of Most Valuable Player in numerous Esso Women's Hockey Championships, a First Team All-Star in all seven of their World Championship appearances, and a participant in two Philadelphia Flyers' rookie camps in 1998 and 1999, Wickenheiser has earned the praise and admiration of players and coaches alike.
On January 11, 2003 Wickenheiser took an enormous step forward in her on-ice career when she skated into history as the first female hockey player to notch a point in a men's professional game, the Kirkkonummen Salamat of the Finnish second division. More recently, Wickenheiser played in Eskilstuna, Sweden with a men’s professional division-one hockey team for the 08-09 season.
Aside from a phenomenal on-ice career, Wickenheiser has mastered a number of sports. An elite softball player, she participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of Team Canada. But, no matter what she is playing, Wickenheiser's motto is "Excellence and Professionalism".
Learn more about Hayley at www.hayleywickenheiser.com
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