Hayley Wickenheiser

Top Ten Greatest Female Athlete in the History of Sports, Canadian Women's Hockey Player

Hayley Wickenheiser

Hayley is an engaging storyteller who enjoys connecting with Canadians. Hayley uses her experiences on the rink to motivate others, shares how she overcame obstacles with her team to inspire audiences, and uplifts people of all walks of life with her passion and love of the game.

As a decorated Olympian, she has led her team to four gold and one silver medal as well as being named the tournaments’ most valuable player in both 2002 and 2006. For the 2014 Sochi Olympics Hayley was selected to be the flag bearer for the Canadian Olympic team in the Opening Ceremonies. During those same Olympics it was announced that she had been elected to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes Commission.

As part of the Canadian Women’s National Team since age 15, Hayley has won seven gold and four silver medals at Women’s World Hockey Championships. In non-Olympic years, Hayley keeps her skills sharp by playing with the University of Calgary Dinos while pursuing her Kinesiology degree with a future goal in medicine.

Off the ice, Hayley’s achievements include: Sports Illustrated number 20 of 25 Toughest Athletes in the World, a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year, twice named among the Globe and Mail’s “Power 50” influencers in sport, and named among QMI Agency’s top 10 “Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports.”

In January 2003, Wickenheiser made hockey history when she became the first female hockey player to notch a point in a men’s professional game with the Kirkkonummen Salamat of the Finnish second division. Wickenheiser also played in Eskilstuna, Sweden with a men’s professional division-one hockey team for the 08-09 season.

Along with hockey, Wickenheiser has mastered a number of sports. An elite softball player, she participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of Team Canada and worked as a Softball Analyst with CBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Wickenheiser’s passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to youth such as KidSport, Right To Play, Clean Air Champions and Spread The Net. In 2007 Wickenheiser travelled to Rwanda with a team of Canadian Olympic athletes for Right to Play, an athlete-driven humanitarian organization and in 2011 she returned to Africa, taking her son on a similar good-will mission to Ghana.

Putting her pursuit of a BSc at the University of Calgary to good use, Wickenheiser has led numerous projects with the goal of raising the profile of women’s hockey around the world. She is constantly working to provide mentoring opportunities for young athletes including her legacy project, the Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival.

Wickenheiser recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor or Kinesiology. Her ambition is to attend medical school and becoming a doctor. She plays hockey for the Women’s Dinos and is a very proud mom to son, Noah.

Wickenheiser was the flagbearer at the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Canadian Olympic team. Along with her teammates, Wickenheiser fought back in the Sochi 2014 women’s hockey finals against arch-rivals the USA to capture gold – her fourth such medal in her Olympic Career.

In 2017 Hayley officially retired from hockey and is now pursuing a new goal, to become a Doctor.  

TESIMONIALS

“Thanks again for helping us out last night. You rocked it. Feedback has been amazing as people in attendance were completely impressed by your stories and also commented about being inspired and motivated from hearing you speak. I even caught glimpses of a few tears in the room at certain points of your talk. We also received high praise for your approachability and people liked the picture op with you and the medals. Once again, thank you!" – Kevin Morihira, KPMG

    Topics 
  1. Teamwork and Success

    What does a successful team need and how did Team Canada succeed on the World Stage?

  2. Change is Tough

    Wickenheiser shares with her audience the importance of always look for improvements/change within your life.

  3. How to Stay Motivated Despite Being at the Top of What You Do

    Complacency kills – how to keep the desire alive!

  4. Dealing with Criticism and Pressure

    How to Perform When it Matters Most!  Inspiration for the next generation of athletes and sports in Canada to perform even better

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