OVERVIEW Hayley Wickenheiser
Born: August 12, 1978
Birthplace: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
Home Province: Saskatchewan
Hometown: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
FACTS Sport: Ice Hockey and Softball
Salt Lake City 2002
Hayley Wickenheiser Biography
Hayley Wickenheiser is considered the enormous female hockey player in the world. In 2003, Hayley was the first female player to score a point in a men’s professional game when she played in the Finnish hockey league. Hayley was named the MVP of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at both the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. Her talent is unsurpassed.
Hayley Wickenheiser was born on August 12, 1978. in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and is the oldest of three children. She learns to skate on a backyard rink. created by her parents. at the age of young. On this rink is where Hayley’s love for hockey began. As a youngster, she plays on a local boys’ team and was the only girl. On many occasions.
Hayley had to put on her gear in boiler rooms and other places in rinks as there often wasn’t any available dressing rooms. It was a fight for her to enroll in a hockey school in Swift Current where, again, she was the only girl. Finally, her family moved to Calgary, Alberta so that she could play on an all-girls team in the city.
Hayley was a member of Team Alberta in the Canada Winter Games for the Under-17 Girls’ Competition in 1991. At the competition, she helps her team to win a gold medal by scoring the winning goal and was named the MVP of the final game. In 1994 at the age of 15, Hayley was chosen to play on Canada’s National Women’s Team.
Her teammates who were much older nickname her ‘Highchair Hayley’ because she was so young. During her first international tournament, at the 1994 World Championships in Lake Placid. her team won gold. In 1997. at her second World Championships, her team captures the gold medal again and Hayley earns a spot on the tournament All-Star Team, which was the first of four times for her to be chosen.
In 1999, Hayley helped Canada to win another gold medal and became the tournament MVP. Hayley has six World Championship gold medals and two silver medals. In 2001, she was named to play on Team Canada but had an injury and couldn’t participate.
Hayley was a member of Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics. This was the first time women’s hockey was introduced as a sport. Canada won a silver medal and Hayley was named to the tournament all-star team.
In 2002, Hayley made the roster again for Team Canada and play in the Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah. This time, Team Canada beat the United States in the final game and won the gold. In the Torino Olympics in Italy. Canada was defending its gold medal status against Sweden. a surprise finalist. and won.
Hayley was named MVP, Top Forward, and award a place on the all-star team. During her hockey career, Hayley continues her studies at the University of Calgary in its pre-med program. In 2000, she qualifies for a spot on the Canadian women’s’ softball team and traveled to the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She was the second Canadian woman to ever compete in both the Winter and Summer Olympics. When Hayley finishes her amateur hockey career.
She began to play on professional hockey teams. She chose to play on European teams as the game is played more openly and is less physical. For a brief period of time, Hayley plays on a team for Finland and then sign a contract to play for a Swedish men’s league. Hayley has always advised young hockey players to work hard. think smart. and to give no excuses in their sport. She has been an excellent role model and an athlete to admire.
|Nagano 1998||Ice Hockey||Women|
|Salt Lake City 2002||Ice Hockey||Women|
|Turin 2006||Ice Hockey||Women|
|Vancouver 2010||Ice Hockey||Women|
|Sochi 2014||Ice Hockey||Women|
Career Statistics International
|2008–09||Linden HC||Division 1||21||1||2||3||10||–||–||–||–||–|
Awards and Honours
- 2004 Honorary Degree Recipient, Nipissing University
- Most Valuable Player, Pool A, 2007 Esso Canadian Women’s Nationals
- 2007 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award
- 2011 Canada West Player of the Year
- Gave the athlete’s Olympic Oath at the 2010 Olympic Games.
- Media All-Star team, 2011 IIHF Women’s World Championship
- In 2014, she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame
- In November 2014, Wickenheiser receive the Athletes in Excellence Award from The Foundation for Global Sports Development
- On June 25, 2019, Ms. Wickenheiser was elect (in her first year of eligibility) to the Hockey Hall of Fame.