2014, 2010, 2006 and 2002 Olympic Gold Medalist
Seven-Time IIHF World Championship Gold Medalist
Member, IOC Athletes' Commission
Inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame
Opening Ceremonies Flag Bearer, Sochi 2014
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"You're the female Gordie Howe."
In an emotional pre-game tribute at centre ice with the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames looking on, Wayne Gretzky solidified Hayley Wickenheiser's place among the greatest hockey players in history.
After 23 years on the Canadian National Team, Hayley had made the decision to retire with the knowledge that her impact on the game has reached every corner of Canada and every country with enough winter ice and a desire to learn how to play hockey.
Off the ice, Hayley’s achievements are almost immeasurable.
Sports Illustrated ranked her number 20 of 25 Toughest Athletes in the World, she's a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year, was named among the Globe and Mail’s “Power 50” influencers in sport several times, and was recognized by QMI Agency in the Top 10 “Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports.”
In 2011, Hayley was appointed to the Order of Canada "for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of women's hockey” and was voted to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes' Commission in 2015.
Wickenheiser’s passion for hockey is matched only by a desire to give back to the community through her work with JumpStart, KidSport, Project North and Right to Play.
She's travelled the world to support those efforts, including trips to the furthest northern communities of Canada and as far away as Rwanda and Ghana.
Her most profound and personal project has been the creation of the Canadian Tire Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival, or WickFest.
Now in its eighth year, the event hosts over 1,500 female hockey players from around the world in Calgary, giving girls access to hockey skill development and educational sessions both on and off the ice.
In 2013, she graduated with a Bachelors in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and completed her Masters, running a study that researched the connection between physical activity and the neurology of autistic youth.
She's planning to pursue a Medical Degree from the University of Calgary in 2017.