Hayley Wickenheiser (WHKY | Student-athlete)
NAME: Hayley Wickenheiser
SPORT: Women's hockey
YEARS ACTIVE: 2010-15
Four-time Olympic gold medalist
Canadian flag bearer at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi
Olympics all-time leading goal scorer
Seven-time World Championship gold medalist
CW and CIS champion (2011-12)
A four-time Olympic gold medalist and widely regarded as the best women’s hockey player of all-time, Hayley Wickenheiser’s storied career featured two decades of excellence at the highest level.
The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan product made her international debut for Canada at the 1994 World Championships, setting in motion a place on Team Canada that would continue through her retirement in 2017.
Wickenheiser played starring roles in Canada’s four consecutive Olympic gold medals, beginning with the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, and culminating at the 2014 Sochi Games. Included in Canada's run was their historic win on home ice at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Combined, Wickenheiser had a record 18 goals, 33 assists and 51 points over her Olympic career.
In addition to her Olympic success, Wickenheiser also captured seven World Championship golds.
At the University of Calgary, Wickenheiser played four seasons for the Calgary Dinos between 2010 and 2015. While at the university level, Wickenheiser won a pair of Canada West Player of the Year awards (2011 and 2013), and led the Dinos to the school’s first conference and national championships during the 2011-12 season.
By the time her university career came to a close, Wickenheiser sat sixth all-time on the conference's scoring list (134 points), held the CW record for game-winning goals (20), short handed goals (8), and was a two-time Top 8 Academic All-Canadian (2010-11 and 2011-12).
In the midst of her stellar run in Canada West, Wickenheiser was named to the Order of Canada (2011).
After graduating with a Kinesiology Degree, Wickenheiser is now a medical student at the University of Calgary, and is also an assistant director of player development with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In 2019 Wickenheiser took her rightful place amongst hockey's greats when she was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Written by Evan Daum.