52 Facts About Hayley Wickenheiser


Hayley Wickenheiser was born on August 12,1978 and is a Canadian former ice hockey player, resident physician and assistant general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Hayley Wickenheiser was the first woman to play full-time professional men's hockey in a position other than goalie.

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Hayley Wickenheiser represented Canada at the Winter Olympics five times, capturing four gold and one silver medal and twice being named tournament MVP, and one time at the Summer Olympics in softball, and is a seven-time winner of the world championships.

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Hayley Wickenheiser is tied with teammates Caroline Ouellette and Jayna Hefford for the record for the most gold medals of any Canadian Olympian, and is widely considered to be the greatest female ice hockey player of all time.

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On February 20,2014, Hayley Wickenheiser was elected to the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission.

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Hayley Wickenheiser began playing minor ice hockey on outdoor rinks in her hometown of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan when she was five years old.

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Hayley Wickenheiser continued playing minor hockey in Calgary, Alberta after moving there with her family.

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Alberta captured the gold medal in the tournament, with Hayley Wickenheiser scoring the game-winning goal and being named the Most Valuable Player of the final game.

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At the age of 15, Hayley Wickenheiser was named to Canada's National Women's Team for the first time and remained a member until her retirement in 2017.

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Hayley Wickenheiser played three games, and picked up her first international point – an assist, and Canada won gold.

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In 1999, Hayley Wickenheiser helped Canada to another gold medal and was named tournament MVP.

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Hayley Wickenheiser has seven World Championship gold medals and three silver medals.

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Hayley Wickenheiser was named to Team Canada in 2001, but was unable to compete due to an injury, and was on Canada's roster for the 2003 World Championship which was cancelled.

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Hayley Wickenheiser was a member of Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympics, when women's hockey was introduced as a medal sport.

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Hayley Wickenheiser played 21 games for Team Canada during their pre-Olympic tour.

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Hayley Wickenheiser was named Tournament MVP and she was the top scorer on the Women's side.

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Hayley Wickenheiser led the tournament in scoring, with five goals and 17 points in five games.

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Hayley Wickenheiser captained Canada to a gold medal at the 1998 Christmas Cup.

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Hayley Wickenheiser has contributed to at least 10 gold medals for Canada at the 4 Nations Cup tournaments.

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Hayley Wickenheiser attended the World Hockey Summit in 2010, to address the status of women's hockey internationally.

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Hayley Wickenheiser explained that the talent gap between the North American and European countries was due to the presence of women's professional leagues in North America, along with year-round training facilities.

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Hayley Wickenheiser stated the European players were talented, but their respective national team programs were not given the same level of support as the European men's national teams, or the North American women's national teams.

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Hayley Wickenheiser is one of only five athletes to win gold in four consecutive Winter Games, along with teammates Jayna Hefford and Caroline Ouellette.

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Hayley Wickenheiser took the athlete's oath in English at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia and was Canada's flagbearer at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

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In 1996, Hayley Wickenheiser was named MVP of the Esso women's hockey nationals, helping Alberta to a fourth-place finish.

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In 1997 and 1998, Hayley Wickenheiser won Nationals with the Edmonton Chimos and Calgary Oval X-Treme respectively.

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Between 1999 and 2001, Hayley Wickenheiser continued to play for her club teams at the Esso Women's National Championships, winning a gold medal and two silvers.

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Hayley Wickenheiser was the regular season leading scorer and named to the league's all-star team.

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Hayley Wickenheiser played for Alberta at the Esso National Championships, where they won gold.

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In 2003, Hayley Wickenheiser became the first woman to score a goal playing in a men's semi-professional league.

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Hayley Wickenheiser joined a European league to play professional hockey, as the game is more open and less physical than North American leagues.

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Hayley Wickenheiser turned down an offer from Phil Esposito to play for the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.

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In 2007, Hayley Wickenheiser had a week-long tryout contract with Swedish club IFK Arboga IK in the Swedish male third league.

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In 2008, Hayley Wickenheiser signed a one-year contract with Eskilstuna Linden, in the Swedish men's third league.

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Hayley Wickenheiser scored a goal as a member of Team Black in the 2nd Canadian Women's Hockey League All-Star Game.

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The Dinos were playing their second season of CIS hockey, and Hayley Wickenheiser was expected to provide leadership to a young team.

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Under CIS rules, Hayley Wickenheiser began her first year of eligibility in 2010 because she had never played university hockey.

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Hayley Wickenheiser was named the Canada West female athlete of the week on November 2,2010 after scoring three goals and adding an assist in two games against the University of Alberta.

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Hayley Wickenheiser scored four short handed goals, and had five game winners.

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On March 9,2011, Hayley Wickenheiser was named the Canadian Interuniversity Sport player of the year in women's hockey.

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Hayley Wickenheiser then became the first ever Dino to win the Brodrick Trophy as CIS MVP.

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On January 13,2017, Hayley Wickenheiser announced her retirement from professional hockey to pursue medical school.

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On May 17,2021, Hayley Wickenheiser was promoted to senior director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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In 1995, Hayley Wickenheiser was a member of Team Canada at the World Junior Fastball Championships, held in Normal, Illinois.

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In 1997, Hayley Wickenheiser participated at Midget Nationals with the Silver Springs 76ers.

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Hayley Wickenheiser's team finished second and Wickenheiser was again named All Star Shortstop and Top Batter.

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In 2000, Hayley Wickenheiser attended and competed for Simon Fraser University, and helped lead the team to a 38 and 13 record, en route to a 3rd-place finish at the NAIA National Championships.

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Hayley Wickenheiser is the daughter of physical education teachers, Tom and Marilyn, and has a brother and a sister.

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Hayley Wickenheiser graduated with a degree in kinesiology in 2013 and completed medical school at the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine in 2021.

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Hayley Wickenheiser is the author of Gold Medal Diary – Inside the World's Greatest Sports Event, outlining her training with Team Canada and the events leading up to, during, and following the 2010 Olympic Games.

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Hayley Wickenheiser is the founder of WickFest, an annual event showcasing girls' and women's hockey, inviting female players from all over the world to several days of workshops, clinics and games learning from leading instructors, coaches and players.

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EA Sports officially announced that Hayley Wickenheiser would be among the first two real female hockey players in NHL 13.

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