Hayley Wickenheiser becomes Women’s soft-ball analyst with CBC’s coverage of the 2009 Beijing Summer Olympics
August 2008

Women's team to open camp in January
The Toronto Star
Hayley Wickenheiser and Vicki Sunohara were among 21 players invited Wednesday to a January evaluation camp, one of the last steps in choosing the Canadian team for the 2008 world women's hockey championship in Harbin, China. Read more

Wickenheiser takes another shot at European men's hockey
Canada Press
Hayley Wickenheiser's tally after an exhibition game with the Swedish men's hockey club Arboga was two goals and a bloody nose. "No stitches, but I'm looking more like a hockey player every day," Wickenheiser told The Canadian Press on Thursday from Arboga. Read more

Canada Reclaims Women's Hockey Title 04/11/2007
The Washington Post
Canada reclaimed the women's world hockey championship with a 5-1 victory over the United States on Tuesday night. Canada, winners of the Olympic gold medal last year, lost the last world championship two years ago to the U.S. in a shootout. Read more

Wickenheiser leads Canada to gold
Canadian Press

WINNIPEG (CP) - The Team Canada captain was named tournament most valuable player, top forward and player of the game after Canada captured the world women's hockey championship gold medal with a 5-1 win over the United States Tuesday night.

Wickenheiser was the tournament's leading scorer with eight goals and 14 points, including netting her team's third goal in the final. "It was a good tournament (for me)," Wickenheiser said. "Things were going in the net and I think I was seeing things pretty well." "I just felt good on the ice all over the place and really relaxed and composed most of the time, so I was able to play, I think, some of my best hockey."

Canada head coach Melody Davidson said Wickenheiser, 28, showed she deserves to be the team's captain after Cassie Campbell retired last summer. "At times when our team needed it she carried `em, and at times when she just needed to be one of 18, she was one of 18 or 20," Davidson said. "I'm real proud of her." Always a fan favourite, Wickenheiser and Winnipeg native Jennifer Botterill - who scored the game's first goal - received the loudest cheers from the sold out crowd of 15,003 fans during player introductions at the MTS Centre.

Wickenheiser's leadership shone throughout the tournament, especially in last Saturday's playoff game against the U.S. The Canadians were down 4-2 in the second period when she fired in a goal and then assisted on Gillian Apps' tying marker. When the game went to a shootout, Wickenheiser scored her team's lone goal for the 5-4 victory. "She's ferocious, she's unforgiving in the way that she plays hockey," Canadian defenceman Delaney Collings said. "I wouldn't want to be her opponent, I'd want to be her teammate."

Wickenheiser's talent on hockey blades began in the small town of Shaunavon, Sask., when she laced on figure skates at the age of three and quickly traded them in for hockey skates. Playing on boys' teams until the age of 12, she made the women's national team as a 15-year-old. Soon, a star was born.

The five-foot-10, 171-pound centre has been called the best female hockey player in the world, and her accomplishments back up that distinction. Since joining the national team in 1993, she's become one of three players to reach the career mark of 100 goals. The two-time Olympic Games MVP has competed in seven world championships, three Olympics, 10 Four Nations Cups and was MVP when her Calgary Oval X-Treme team won this year's Esso women's national championship. It was her fifth MVP award at nationals. "She walks the walk," Canadian veteran forward Vicky Sunohara said. "We can talk about playing hard and coming out and being consistent and doing everything to be your best, and she does that. "It's contagious." In 2002-03, Wickenheiser became the first woman to score a goal and notch an assist in men's professional hockey while on the roster of Finland's Kirkkonummi Salamat Division II club team. She finished the season with 12 points, including two goals, in 23 games. She also attended the NHL Philadelphia Flyers rookie camp in 1998 and '99. In 2000, the well-rounded athlete suited up for Canada's women's softball team at the Olympics in Australia. Wickenheiser and her boyfriend, former Oval X-Treme coach Thomas Pacina, have a seven-year-old son, Noah.

Wickenheiser Following Messier's Example
Canadian Press

WINNIPEG (CP) Hayley Wickenheiser will take a page out of Mark Messier's book on how to captain a hockey team, but she doesn't expect to master the icy Messier stare. "I don't have a bald head and those beady eyes, so he's a little better at it than I am," Wickenheiser said with a laugh Wednesday at the women's world hockey championship.

Wickenheiser ascended to the captaincy of the Canadian women's team following the retirement of Cassie Campbell last year. Wickenheiser, 28, of Shaunavon, Sask., grew up idolizing the Edmonton Oilers and Messier, whose iron will and magnetic personality made him an effective captain of the Oilers and New York Rangers in their Stanley Cup wins. Wickenheiser was in Edmonton for the retirement of Messier's jersey Feb. 27 at Rexall Place and thanked him there for being her role model.

"That was sort of a real full-circle moment for me, to be able to see him going out of the game and me taking on a different role here," she said. Wickenheiser has the iron will part nailed down. Canada opened the women's world championship against Switzerland on Tuesday knowing they could beat the Swiss handily. That could have bred complacency and bad habits, but Wickenheiser would have none of that. Her intensity to start the first period was to signal this was not a throw-away game. "I always felt my leadership shows more on the ice in the way I play the game and how I want to try and come out and establish intensity and move the puck and make things happen," Wickenheiser said. "I don't think that really changes, but you want everybody else to follow that."

The score of the game and shots on goal — 9-0 and 63-17 — were still on the MTS Centre's scoreboard during Canada's practice Wednesday. Canada faces Germany on Thursday to conclude round-robin play in Group B. In Wednesday's action, Switzerland beat Germany 1-0 in a Group B game and China blanked Kazakhstan 7-0 in Group A.

Wickenheiser's goal and three assists against the Swiss gave her 250 career points in 174 games with the Canadian team. She kept the puck as a memento of that achievement, but said the stick ended up in the garbage because she rang the post a few times, prompting assistant captain Vicky Sunohara to crack "You playing an instrument out there Wick?"

Thursday's game against the Germans is another Canada is expected to win with little suspense, but Wickenheiser won't be satisfied if it comes via a sloppy performance. "For me, as a captain, it's the style of game that we play and how we feel about ourselves when we step off the ice," Wickenheiser said. "If we feel that we've played great hockey, good passing and puck movement, good habits, that's what we're trying to accomplish. "It's not so much about the score of those games."

Like Messier, Wickenheiser says she has and will confront a player whom she feels isn't playing up to par. "People know she's intense and people know she's going to bring that," Canadian head coach Melody Davidson said. "It doesn't matter if she's pulling (her son) Noah on a sled or she's in a game in the world championship, it's the same intensity. "The balance for Hayley is being able to separate from that at times and give that teammate a pat on the back or a compliment. Any time any of our veterans compliment the young ones, you can see their shoulders go back."

Wickenheiser's boyfriend, Tomas Pacina, recently resigned as head coach of her club team, the Calgary Oval X-Treme. She says he's pursuing opportunities in the men's game while also trying to strike a balance with her hectic schedule. "He could be coaching in the American Hockey League if he wanted to and really pursuing his career," Wickenheiser said. "We have a son and it's really important for him to be close to Noah because I'm travelling so much. "We're able to make it work and we've had good success with him coaching the Oval team the last few years."

Calgary Oval X-Treme win gold at Esso Nationals
Submitted by Bridget Cox, Courtesy of Hockey Canada

The Calgary Oval X-Treme, representing Team Alberta, of the Western Women’s Hockey League, won the 2007 Esso Women’s National Championship with a 3-0 victory over the Etobicoke Dolphins (Ontario 2) of the National Women’s Hockey League on Saturday at the Sunwave Centre. The X-Treme’s triumph on Saturday gives Alberta its first gold medal at the Esso Nationals since 2003 in Saskatoon and now gives Alberta eight gold medals all-time at the Esso Nationals, tying with Quebec for second in all-time championship wins. Ontario leads in overall gold medals with 10.

The gold medal game on Saturday afternoon was played before a large crowd at the Sunwave Centre and was shown live on TSN and RDS coast to coast. After a scoreless first period, Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, QC) gave Alberta a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal, with assists to Kaley Hall (Calgary, AB) and Delaney Collins (Pilot Mound, MB). Alberta added to its lead in the third period, when Kingsbury set up Collins to make it 2-0. Danielle Goyette (St-Nazaire, QC) scored Alberta’s third goal at 13:06 from Meagan Walton (Calgary, AB) and Correne Bredin (Warburg, AB). Desirae Clark (Salmo, BC), the top goaltender in Pool A, was solid in net for the fourth straight game for Ontario 2 (Etobicoke). Alberta outshot their gold medal opponents 50-25, including 21-3 in the first period. Alberta’s Amanda Tapp (Calgary, AB) made 25 saves for the shutout.

In the bronze medal game on Saturday morning, Ontario 1 (Mississagua Aeros) and Nova Scotia were tied 1-1 after the first period before Ontario 1 exploded for 12 goals over the final two periods for a 13-3 victory. Heather Logan (Madoc, ON) scored five goals to lead Ontario 1 and Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, ON) and Jennifer Botterill (Winnipeg, MB) each netted a pair of goals in the victory. Kori Cheverier (New Glasgow, NS) scored twice for Nova Scotia, which trailed 6-3 after two periods.

The Esso Women’s National Championship is Canada’s senior female hockey championship and had its start in 1982. This year’s event included nine teams from across the country and some of the top players in the nation competed, including Hayley Wickenheiser, Goyette and Gillian Ferrari. Many of these players will take part at the 2007 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Winnipeg and Selkirk, Manitoba – April 3-10th, 2007. Tickets still available at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ca/iihf.

For complete results of all games at the 2007 Esso Women’s Nationals, visit Hockey Canada’s website at www.hockeycanada.ca.

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Canada drubs China at women's hockey worlds
CBC Sports
Team Canada began its quest for an eighth straight title at the women's world hockey championship with a bang Tuesday night. In the team's tournament opener, the Canadian women rolled to an effortless 11-0 victory over China in Halifax in their Pool A game. Read more

Wickenheiser earns contract with Finnish club 01/26/2003
CBC Sports
Like many times in her brilliant career, Hayley Wickenheiser has once again made an impression. The 24-year-old hockey star from Shaunavon, Sask., signed a contract Monday with men's team Kirkkonummi Salamat of the second-division Finnish league Read more Team Canada women win gold 02/22/2002
CBC Sports
Eight was enough, after all. Despite losing all eight meetings this past year by a combined score of 31-13, Team Canada beat Team USA when it mattered most, 3-2 in the gold medal game at the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games. Read more

Canada's women capture hockey gold again
CBC Sports
There is no body checking in women's hockey, but thrilling finishes are encouraged. Nobody gets hit over the head and most everybody leaves the arena happy. When Nancy Drolet's goal 6:10 into overtime lifted Canada to a 3-2 victory Sunday night over the United States for a sixth consecutive world crown, the 5,000 fans jammed into the Hershey Centre were as emotionally exhausted as the players. Read more

Calgary Oval X-Treme take a day off after three wins at Esso Nationals
Submitted by Bridget Cox

The Calgary Oval X-Treme have a day off after three wins against Team Nova Scotia, 16-0, New Brunswick, 10-0, and Ontario 1 (Mississagua Aeros), 4-1, at the Esso Women's Nationals in Salmon Arm, B.C. The team heads into the weekend leading the tournament in points and leading scorers, Olympic gold medallists Hayley Wickenheiser and Gina Kingsbury.

The X-Treme will play their first semi-final game on Friday, March 9 against Team Nova Scotia at 7:30 p.m.

Calgary Oval X-Treme win third consecutive WWHL Championship title
Submitted by Bridget Cox

Calgary’s Oval X-Treme are three-time WWHL Champions today after defeating the Minnesota Whitecaps 7-1 in the final game for the league’s title.

“This win is a reflection of what our girls do all year,” says Oval X-Treme Head Coach Tomas Pacina. “Our team works hard all season, six days a week and it shows. This is a great expression of all their hard work.”

The X-Treme came into the weekend as the team to beat with a record of 23-1-0. The team proved their dominance, winning all three games in the championship series. Friday they took on the Edmonton Chimos, winning 10-1, and defeated the B.C. Breakers 11-0 on Saturday.

The X-Treme will stay in B.C. and head to Salmon Arm to represent Team Alberta at the Esso Women’s Nationals, March 5 – 10, 2007.

This WWHL Championship adds to the team’s record of five league titles; two NWHL championships and now three with the WWHL. The X-Treme are also three time Esso Women’s National gold medallists and have contributed 12 players to Canada’s Olympic hockey teams, helping capture silver in 1998 and gold in 2002 and 2006.

This season the team has six Olympians from the 2006 Torino Games on the roster; Hayley Wickenheiser, Danielle Goyette, Colleen Sostorics, Gina Kingsbury, Gillian Ferrari and Carla MacLeod. Competing in the Esso Nationals will give the team a chance to face off against other Olympic alumni.

For more information on the Calgary Oval X-Treme visit www.calgaryovalxtreme.com. For more information on the Esso Women’s Nationals, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.

X-Treme head to WWHL Championships and Esso Women's Nationals
Submitted by Kathryn Davison

The Calgary Oval X-Treme travelled to Swift Current, Sask., last weekend to play their two final WWHL regular season games winning both, 6-2 and 12-3. The team finishes the season with a 23-1-0 record.

Seeded first in the WWHL, the X-Treme will travel to Kelowna, B.C. March 2 - 4, 2007 to playoff against the leagues' top teams, attempting to defend their two year championship title. Directly after the WWHL Championships, the team heads to Salmon Arm, B.C., for the 2007 Esso Women’s Nationals after qualifing earlier in the season to represent Alberta at the national tournament.

"The Esso National are a great event to expose the progress in women's hockey every year," says X-Treme Captain Meagan Walton. "It is also a great opportunity for young and up and coming talent to showcase their abilities and potential. It gives them the opportunity to play high level, competitive hockey and gain experience in high pressure, high stakes situations."

Last year the X-Treme were comprised of an extremely young line-up due to the centralization of Olympic players to Team Canada. Regardless of the lack of experience the team still managed to win the 2006 WWHL Championship and place third at Esso Nationals.

This year the X-Treme have welcomed back six Olympic gold medallists and head into the league championships as two-time defending victors and are considered the heavy favorites.

X-Treme Head Coach Tomas Pacina sees this scenario posing some unique challenges. “In this kind of situation, going into a championship tournament as the favorite, our opposition definitely has the advantage.”

“We know that every team that steps into the arena is going to play their best game against us because we are expected to win and they have nothing to lose," says Pacina. "They don’t have any pressure to win, we do, and that is something we must play through if we expect to win.”

Between both the WWHL Championship and the Esso Nationals, the X-Treme have the potential to play a total of eight games in just nine days.

“The schedule is pretty grueling with no rest in between, but I think our training and our season has prepared us for the challenge,” says X-Treme Assistant Captain Monica Dupuis. “We train all summer and up to four hours a day during the season. Just since Christmas we’ve played more than 30 regular season and exhibition games, so if that doesn’t prepare us for the challenge I don’t know what would.”

In response to this upcoming demanding schedule Coach Pacina has been making a point of providing some third and forth line players with more game time, building their confidence and game experience.

For more information on Esso Women’s Nationals visit www.hockeycanada.ca, for more information on the WWHL Championships visit www.westernwomenshockeyleague.com

X-Treme bring home Battle of the Border title for third consecutive year
Submitted by Kathryn Davison

For the third consecutive year the Calgary Oval X-Treme won the annual Battle of the Border tournament against an American selects all-star team with top USA Olympic alumni and hopefuls.

Last weekend the X-Treme played in the four game tournament which takes place in rural Alberta and Saskatchewan and won the series by sweeping the US Selects in all four games, providing the host communities of Athabasca, Alta., Cold Lake, Alta., Unity, Sask., and Bashaw, Alta., with some thrilling female hockey.

The first stop was Athabasca in front of a sold out crowd. The X-Treme got off to a quick, decisive start with two goals in less than ten minutes in the first period. The US Selects answered with a goal from Rush Zimmerman. The X-Treme proved to be too strong for the American squad, scoring three additional goals in the second and another three in the third to cement a commanding 8-1 victory over the US team.

The first game set the tone for much of the series, as the game in Cold Lake saw the X-Treme dominate the US Selects a second time, scoring six goals in the first period and eventually capturing a 9-2 victory.

The third game in Unity appeared to follow the same pattern when the X-Treme were up 5-0 at the end of the third period. Things changed as the US team fought hard in the third to score a quick three goals, bringing the game to 5-3. The X-Treme finished the game putting in the last two goals with a final score of 7-3.

The forth and final game played in Bashaw was a close fought battle with the US selects opening up with a power play goal by Ryann Geldner at 6:35 of the first period. The X-Treme responded with two quick goals in the first and another in the second making it 3-1. In the third the US scored another two to tie the game 3-3. Late in the third, Corrine Bredin of the Oval X-Treme scored to make it 4-3.

Despite a valiant attempt in the dying minutes of the game, the US Selects were unable to beat X-Treme goaltender Amanda Tapp and the Oval squad won the final game and the Battle of the Border series.

The Battle of the Border tournament showcases elite women’s hockey from both sides of the border and is also part of a campaign sponsored by EnCana to provide financial contributions to rural communities in need. All proceeds from the game are matched by EnCana and remain in each host community. This year the total fundraised was $82, 200 with the proceeds going to the Athabasca District Minor Hockey Association, Athabasca Mentorship Program and the True to Myself Foundation; Cold Lake Minor Hockey Association and the Parent Link Centre; Unity Minor Hockey Association and Unity Seniors Lodge; and the Bashaw Minor Hockey Association and the Bashaw Youth Centre.

This opportunity not only gives the Calgary Oval X-Treme and the US Selects a chance to broaden the exposure of elite female hockey, but also gives the teams' an opportunity to give back to communities that have received and supported them so well.