Governor General Announces 50 New Appoints to the Order of Canada

By Marie-Pierre Belanger – June 30, 2011

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Women of distinction | The greatest female athletes in the history of sports

By Benoit Rioux, QMI Agency – March 12, 2011

It was International Women’s Day earlier this week (Tuesday) and that got us thinking about the greatest female athletes of all time.

Olympic disciplines, tennis and golf have historically been the sports where women have excelled, but in recent decades that has been greatly expanded with the growth in games like basketball, soccer and hockey.

Female athletes are making more of an impact than ever on sports, with stars like Serena Williams, Michelle Wie and Cindy Klassen making major headlines over the last decade.

But those three, for all their greatness, don’t even make our top-10 women in sports. To find out who did, read on.

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Hayley Wickenheiser gives inside look at her Olympic preparation in new book

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press - Oct 18, 2010 18:32:00 PM

CALGARY - Hayley Wickenheiser hopes her new book will win over those who dismiss her sport as a two-horse race between Canada and the U.S.

One of the most recognizable names in Canadian hockey opens the door to her life in the months leading up to the 2010 Olympics in "Gold Medal Diary — Inside the World's Greatest Sports Event."

"I think people look at women's hockey and say 'It's a guaranteed silver medal for Canada' when it's so far from that," Wickenheiser said Monday. "There's so much preparation that goes into making it look easy, if that's what people think.

"I wanted to convey that to people and for them to get a little bit of an insider's view of what it looks like, which may not be as glamorous or as exciting as people think."

Wickenheiser opens her diary in August when 26 players congregated in Calgary to try out for the Olympic team and ends it a few days after Canada's 2-0 triumph over the U.S. for the gold medal.

Canada dominated the competition in Vancouver, outshooting their opposition 48-2.

As Wickenheiser chronicles Canada's intense preparation, the team captain wears her heart on her sleeve in relating her internal struggles during that arduous journey.

"Hayley was a great addition to our team, raising the level and intensity for our players," head coach Danielle Goyette said in a release.

Also Wednesday, Dinos teammate Jenna Smith was named rookie of the year, Megan Bach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns was named top student-athlete and Howie Draper of the University of Alberta Pandas was named coach of the year.

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Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre Launch details unveiled

By The Publisher, Shaunavon Standard - Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The official grand opening celebration of the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre later this summer will have something for everyone. "Basically our intent was to make the weekend open to people of all ages, all demographics," said launch committee member Janelle Wickstrom. "We want this event to be a true community celebration where everyone will get an opportunity to participate in one form or another."

The celebration will be staged during a two-day event (July 15-16) that will feature a wide range of activities from celebrity golf tournament and street hockey tournament to gala banquet and community barbecue. Heading the line-up of special guests taking part in the festivities will be Olympic hero Hayley Wickenheiser and members of her family.

"Hayley, of course, won’t be the only former Shaunavon resident returning home for the weekend," said Wickstrom. "We expect a large number of former residents - including friends of Hayley - to be back in town to commemorate this special occasion and to get a first hand glimpse at the new facility."

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Best Olympic memory: Canada’s women’s hockey triumph

By Yvonne Zacharias, Postmedia News - February 10, 2011

I loved almost everything about the Olympics, including the presence of the international media with the volatile Russians, the partying Aussies and the Japanese with their weird seaweed snacks.

I loved the buzz in the crowded Vancouver streets.

But most of all, I loved being in Molson’s Hockey House when the Canadian women’s hockey team won gold. The place really rocked with fans of both genders roaring for the women who made Canada proud.

I wasn’t working when I was there, so I could party and show my heart on my sleeve for a team that none other in the world can come close to matching.

Led by captain Hayley Wickenheiser, they defended the gold medals won at the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games in a 2-0 win against the U.S., proving once again their invincibility.

Boxing Day Dilemma Solved – Hayley Wickenheiser uses to make donations

Canada Newswire – December 25th, 2010

So, it's December 26th, otherwise known as Boxing Day, and you are looking for a place to store the "whatchamacallit" from Aunty Freda and the "doomahickey" from your sister-in-law. In order to make room, you're going to have to purge - rather, box up the extraneous stuff (and then figure out what do with it).

There are several theories on the origin of this day that we call Boxing Day (see insert), but the two common threads are that it was, and continues to be, about gathering excess and then, in an act of charity, providing what you have gathered to someone who needs it.

"This is the part of the process that becomes a little tricky," says Robb Price, founder of "Who needs what I have?" is a free service, for both charities and donors, that helps solve this age-old dilemma. DeliverGood matches charities and not-for-profits who need 'stuff' with the businesses and people who have that 'stuff;' by proximity, by mission, by name or by need.

Marilyn Dyck, Executive Director of the Doorway, a not-for-profit that helps street youth transition off the street has set up their organization's real-time, dynamic wish list on the site and has experienced several matches in the last couple of months.

"I would encourage charities and not-for-profits to sign up, as we are an integral part of the supply chain on the site. There truly are no catches to setting up a free profile and posting a wish list, I know that first-hand," says Dyck.

"One great benefit for us is that it levels the playing field in terms of reaching donors. We, a very small organization, have just as much opportunity to be matched as organizations that have big fundraising resources," says Dyck.

There are currently over 3,500 needs listed on the website and donations through have ranged the gamut - from laptops and monitors to art and deer meat!

Hayley Wickenheiser, three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's hockey, a mom and admitted neat freak, is a donor who uses the service to keep control of the continuous collection of 'stuff' from everyday family life.

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Hayley Wickenheiser joins the FAN 590 Morning Show...

By Adam Proteau, The Hockey News – August 2010 talk about her experiences at the Hockey Summit, the future of women's hockey, and the push to increase the number of players worldwide.

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Screen Shots: How reality TV would help women's hockey

By Adam Proteau, The Hockey News – August 2010

The three-time Olympic gold medallist recorded her thoughts and feelings almost daily. The 32-year-old from Shaunavon, Sask., admitted when it came time to put them on paper with collaborator Wendy Long, she had to edit out some profanity.

"Besides taking out the profanity, we tried to keep the emotion in it about how the day was going," Wickenheiser said. "It's pretty raw."

"There's a lot of ups and downs emotionally, both personally and from a team perspective. I tried to convey that as best I could and not just the good things, but the frustrations that come with it. I tried to make it as real a story as possible."

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Czechs give Hayley Wickenheiser's hockey festival international flavour

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press - Nov 17, 2010

CALGARY - Hayley Wickenheiser is ecstatic her Wickenheiser International Women's Hockey Festival is, in fact, international.

A Czech team is among 54 squads who will attend her four-day event starting Thursday in Burnaby, B.C. The rest of the 900 players are from North America.

"The Czech team is a pretty cool story," Wickenheiser said. "With no support from the federation, they as a group of players decided to come. It was going to cost about $30,000." The Czech players, ranging in age from 19 to 32, took it upon themselves to find corporate sponsors to help pay for the trip. Among those who donated money was Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who is the younger brother of Czech team member Marcela Pavelcova.

"That was huge," Wickenheiser said. "I really wanted an international presence."

The festival provides a tournament for Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget teams. The Czech team will be slotted into a tournament according to their ability, said Wickenheiser.

But more important to Wickenheiser than the tournament are the clinics for individual skill development and off-ice seminars on topics such as nutrition, strength and conditioning and how to prepare for college and university hockey.

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Wickenheiser wins top university hockey award

By The Canadian Press, - February 23, 2011 4:34 PM

University of Calgary Dinos forward Hayley Wickenheiser was named Canada West women's hockey player of the year Wednesday.

She finished tied for the conference lead with 40 points this season despite playing in just 15 of 24 games due to injury and national team commitments.

Wickenheiser, of Shaunavon, Sask., led Canada West with 17 goals and a plus-22 rating.

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Hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser on e-books

By Anthony Jenkins, Globe And Mail - Published Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

Hayley Wickenheiser is a three-time Olympic gold-winning forward for the Canadian women's national hockey team. She currently plays with the University Of Calgary Dinos women's team.

What was the first book you read?
Some of the Robert Munsch books, way back when. The Paper Bag Princess.

What was the last book you read?
I'm reading a book called Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. And I'm reading Nelson Mandela's new autobiography.

Do you read a lot of books?
I read parts of a lot of books.

What stops you from finishing?
Life! I read a lot. I'm going back to university now. I'm reading a lot of textbooks, so I have less time to read. I'll read for personal development, not so much for pleasure. If I can get through a couple a month, that’s good.

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Canada wins Four Nations Cup in OT

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press - Sun Nov 14 2010

The puck seemed to follow Rebecca Johnston on Saturday, so it was almost inevitable she’d be in on the winning goal.

Meaghan Mikkelson's shot deflected in off Johnston's shin pad at 6:21 of overtime to give the Canadian women's hockey team the Four Nations title with a 3-2 win over the U.S.

"A dirty goal, but what can you do?” said a smiling Johnston.

It was Johnston’s second goal of the game after the 21-year-old from Sudbury, Ont., scored in the first period. She also had a backhand shot early in overtime that came close.

"I definitely felt like my legs were going," Johnston said. "Things were going well, I was getting shots on net so it was just a matter of time. I'm glad I was able to get an opportunity for that overtime goal."

Mikkelson, a defenceman from St. Albert, Alta., had a solid game with a goal and the assist on the winner. Haley Irwin of Thunder Bay, Ont., had three assists, while Meghan Agosta of Ruthven, Ont., added two of her own. The line of Johnston, Irwin and Agosta had a stellar tournament and were Canada’s top performers in the final.

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My national team: the Edmonton Oilers

By Hayley Wickenheiser, Globe and Mail Guest - Published Thursday, Jul. 01, 2010

As a Calgarian, I will risk life and limb and state unequivocally that the Edmonton Oilers are the country’s most iconic sports team because they epitomize all things Canadian to me.

The spirit of Canada runs powerfully through the veins of the organization, from the team’s fans to the franchise and the city of Edmonton itself.

Edmonton is northern and cold – precisely the locale intended for my sport. The team is engaged with the community and slugs through its fair share of controversy, as well as a gruelling travel schedule – they are tough. And Oilers fans are fiercely loyal and optimistic.

All of these traits are quintessentially Canadian.

And how could the Oilers not be the most iconic sports team when they have produced the most iconic players of the game?

Just to name a few: Coffey, Anderson, Lowe, Fuhr, Messier and, of course, Gretzky. Most of their names are instantly recognizable whether or not you are a hockey fan.

I grew up idolizing and emulating these men.

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Having a crack at touching Olympic gold

By: National Post - March, 2010 2010

Gold medallist and hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser spent yesterday afternoon in the egg section of the downtown Metro grocery, on Front Street across from the St. Lawrence Market, signing autographs and promoting everyone's favourite shelled breakfast for the Egg Farmers of Canada. Sensing this might be his only chance to touch a gold medal, The Post's Matthew Coutts snuck into line.

12:06 The downtown Metro is a labyrinthine store and I am soon lost in the shampoo section -- no eggs to be found.

12:09 I spot a guy wearing a hockey jersey and follow him to a line of people running from the egg section through the sour cream and down the milk aisle.

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Golden Olympic Memories: 10 unforgettable moments

By: Hayley Wickenheiser, Hockey Now Alberta Edition - March 2010

There is probably only one word to describe the Vancouver Olympic Games and the journey to the gold medal: wow. I hardly know where to start.

All I can say is, that after 10 months together, intense training day-to-day, 57 games in six months and two World Championship losses, it could not have ended any better.

I am extremely proud of our team, staff and coaches. What most people see is two weeks every four years. That is what most of the media and public perception stems from. Having said that, there is so much more that goes into the process of being Olympic champions. When I look at my gold medal, I see a multitude of moments leading up to it. The work that is done away from the spotlight of the games is what makes champions. (Read more...)

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Canadian Heroes - Women's Hockey

By Matthew Sekeres, The Globe and Mail - Tuesday, March 2, 2010

They queued in the rain and cheered when she first stepped outside and flashed the gold medallion around her neck.

In downtown Vancouver Saturday, several hundred - most of them little girls and young women - turned out for an autograph session with Hayley Wickenheiser, captain of Canada's gold-medal winning women's hockey team, and the face of her sport.

The crowd was there to see an athletic hero, but also a real-lives hero. Not a real-life hero such as a policewoman or firefighter, but someone who does not return to the lap of luxury now that the Olympic cauldron has been extinguished, and someone who, along with her teammates, created a bond with the country by turning the national game into a sport for two genders.
"Our team, we're just normal people," Wickenheiser told the masses. "I live in a normal house. I drive a normal car.

"We have all sorts of regular people who come together and play the game we love," she added. "I think the average Canadian can relate to it, and that's probably why it feels so special."

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Canada brings home Olympic gold in women's hockey

By: Steve Ewen, Canwest Olympic Team - February 26, 2010

VANCOUVER - Shannon Szabados made Melody Davidson look awfully smart Thursday and now hockey coaches across the country just might take their sweet time picking their starting goalie every game.

Canada-U.S. III the women's hockey final everyone wanted

By: Ed Willes, Canwest Olympic Team; Canwest News Service - February 24th, 2010

VANCOUVER - A couple of days ago, the American men's and women's hockey teams were having dinner when a predictable, and somewhat painful, subject came up concerning the events of the Salt Lake Games eight years ago.

Anyone else remember what happened? The Yanks couldn't forget it if they tried.

There, at the E Centre in the Salt Lake suburbs, the Americans dropped both gold-medal games to the Canadians and there, on their home soil, they had to watch their greatest hockey rival celebrate the greatest victory in global sport.

Suffice to say a pint of sulphuric acid would have gone down easier.

Now, eight years later, the Canadian and American women meet again in Thursday's gold-medal game. The men's story is still in the process of unfolding, but the women's final will mark the latest instalment in the ongoing cold war between the Canucks and Yanks. And lest you think this rivalry has grown stale over the last decade or so, the two old foes would suggest otherwise.

``There'd be nothing better than to flip the stage,'' said American defenceman Angela Ruggiero.

``(Salt Lake) is what they want to talk about, but that's not the story we want to write,'' said Canadian captain and resident institution Hayley Wickenheiser. ``We've been through it. We're ready for anything that comes our way.''

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Aggressive leadership - Wearing captain's 'C' the newest challenge Wickenheiser has attacked with her trademark tenacity

By Allan Maki, Globe and Mail - Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010

There is something inside Hayley Wickenheiser that shouts enough is never enough. It's a voice that makes her sharpen her game to a gleaming edge; a need that stretches the limits of her abilities because what she did the day before wasn't enough and more is better, more is power.

It's why she goes to the Pengrowth Saddledome not just to watch the Calgary Flames play but to see them warm up, see how they act, their body language.

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The Globe and Mail, January 2010

The Globe's Power50

We consider the events of 2009 to identify the individuals with the power, and the will, to influence sport in Canada during 2010 and beyond.

How we make the list....
Our correspondents across Canada nominate individuals from their regions and beats. The nominees, by their actions in 2009, are generally poised to make an impact on the country’s sporting scene in 2010.

Last year, Jim Balsillie’s attempt to transplant the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton had the country buzzing.

This year, the concussion/headshot debate – seeded by a series of Globe stories last winter and thereafter placed on the NHLagenda – is developing into the 2010 version of the Coyotes story. That’s why some of the individuals involved in that story are ranked highly on this year’s list, including the only deceased member of the Power50, Reggie Fleming.

It is a reflection of the country’s thriving and diverse sports environment that we have increased the number to 50 from 30, with nine women included. We pared the names of nearly 50 nominees - and that was without considering highly influential print/web journalists and TV/radio commentators such as Brian Williams and Bob McCown. It was decided last year to eliminate journalists and restrict the group to athletes, coaches, officials, general managers, executives and owners. The one exception is Don Cherry, a cultural icon of indisputable influence, whether negative or positive is in the ears (and eyes) of the beholder.

#33 - Hayley Wickenheiser: Best women's hockey player in the world, mother to a nine-year-old son, aspiring physician, a 15-year national team veteran with 300-plus points in 200-plus international games, Wickenheiser is captain for the first time as Team Canada campaigns for a third consecutive gold medal.

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By Vicki Michaelis, USA TODAY, January 28, 2010

USA-Canada border rivalry simmers in women's hockey

Only four players on the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team also were on the 2002 Olympic roster. But the history of what happened at those Games is sure to hang thick in the air at Canada Hockey Place if the USA and Canada play, as expected, in the gold medal game Feb. 25.

Entering the Vancouver Games, the U.S. women are the defending world champions, having won the 2008 and 2009 titles. But the Canadians are the team on the hotter streak after winning the Four Nations Cup in November and coming out victorious in a majority of the USA vs. Canada Olympic tuneup games this season.

With the roles thus reversed, the U.S. women have a chance to avenge the 2002 result and, in a way, repeat history: They could win Olympic gold on their fellow superpower's home ice.

Since women began playing at the world championships in 1990 and at the Olympics in 1998, either the USA or Canada has won every title.

"The one thing about playing hockey and being Canadian is you're always expected to win," forward Hayley Wickenheiser says.

"We know that they're looking to knock us off on home soil like we did in '02," Wickenheiser says of the U.S. women. "I think it makes it exciting. That will be the story that everybody is talking about."

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Canwest News Service, Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Athletes are governed by increasingly stringent guidelines in a bid to keep sports clean

Hayley Wickenheiser knows first-hand how far doping-control agents will go to catch potential cheats off guard in their attempt to stamp out doping in sports. She once invited an officer to her sister’s wedding in case she couldn’t pee.

The captain of Canada’s women’s hockey team readily accepts that she can be tested anywhere, any time, no matter where she is in the world. She was 12 the first time she was asked to pull down her pants in the name of sport and since then she’s understood that the price of fairness in sports is to pee into a bottle in front of a complete stranger. But the oddest moment came last year when a doping control officer showed up unannounced at her parents’ home just as she was getting ready for her sister’s wedding.

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By Tom Hawthorn, Globe and Mail - Thursday, Jan. 07, 2010

Ladies' night in Canada

Author Wayne Norton uncovered the early days of B.C.'s 'lady puck-chasers,' who endured teasing and earned begrudging respect They called themselves Vamps and Kewpies and Amazons.

In the early days, they wore long skirts as befitted Victorian ladies. Soon, they were donning stylish outfits of their own design, complete with navy collars and short skirts with trim, not to mention nickel-plated ice skates.

In time, they skated freely in bloomers, their team identity proudly presented in colourful wool sweaters.

Long before Hayley Wickenheiser first laced a skate, decades before the inauguration of the Winter Olympics, a handful of daring women in British Columbia defied convention by taking to the ice to play hockey.

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By Wayne Scanlan, The Ottawa Citizen - January 2, 2010

Getting stronger - The level of play in women's hockey continues to rise, according to its biggest star

Hayley Wickenheiser has been called the Wayne Gretzky of women's hockey.

Gordie Howe is probably a better comparison.

Like Howe, Wickenheiser grew up in the Prairies, in a small Saskatchewan town. The 31-year-old native of Shaunavon is tall, rangey, physical, and shoots right like Howe, not left like Gretzky.

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By Hayley Mick, The Globe and Mail - Wednesday, December 30, 2009

You’ll play better with a butt like Sid the Kid

What does Sidney Crosby's butt have to do with your Wednesday-night hockey game?

According to Hayley Wickenheiser, captain of Canada's Olympic women's hockey squad and the highest-scoring Canadian female player of all time, Crosby's powerful glutes are a reminder that great hockey at any level begins with a strong behind.

During a break from preparations for the 2010 Games, the three-time Olympic medalist from Shaunavon, Sask. spoke to The Globe and Mail about the best stretches and exercises for those lacing up their skates this winter.
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By Donna Spencer, THE CANADIAN PRESS, August 25th, 2010

Wickenheiser's leadership will be tested heading into 2010 Olympics

She may be called the best female hockey player in the world but Hayley Wickenheiser still has a Plan B.

When she's done setting records on the ice, life after hockey will be in a hospital or doctor's office and she'll be the one wielding the stethoscope. Paging Dr. Wickenheiser.

"I find that it's the closest thing to me being involved in the game," Wickenheiser says of her desire pursue a career in medicine. "It's the adrenaline. It's never the same thing every day.

Wickenheiser may be all about hockey at the rink, but she pushes it aside in the Calgary home she shares with partner Tomas Pacina and their nine-year-old son Noah. "It's going to be time consuming and those are things you have to weigh with your family and I have a young boy," she sa ys. "I think it's possible to do it. I've talked to people that have and it interests me a lot.

"I still have a very long road ahead."
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Canadian women rely on men's midget teams
If the Canadian women's hockey team wins Olympic gold in February, the men of the Alberta Midget Hockey League will share in some of the glory. Canada will have played some 30 games against the men's league by the time the 2010 Winter Games open Feb. 12 in Vancouver. It's a different type of hockey than they're accustomed to and the Canadians are hoping it will help lift them to Olympic gold. "We'll be asking for a medal," Calgary Royals head coach Ryan Hilderman jokes.
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Right To Play is "Priceless"

One of Hayley’s favourite charities is Right To Play and she just loves the new RTP Mastercard ads. Hayley has been to Rwanda, so she tells us this is very realistic.

  Hayley also wanted to share this story with her fans. It is recent CTV news broadcast highlighting an Edmonton school that has just launched a huge fundraising campaign for Right To Play that will culminate in a 12-hour Play-a-thon mid-December.  These kids have spirit!

MISSISSAUGA, ON., November 16, 2009

Young hockey players share the ice with Gretzky and Wickenheiser
Samsung’s Hockey Camp contest offers 15 youth an unforgettable experience Fifteen lucky young Canadians converged in Calgary to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime hockey clinic with hockey legends Wayne Gretzky and Hayley Wickenheiser.
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CBC, Saturday, November 7th

Canadian Women’s Hockey Team Wins Four Nations Cup
The Canadian women's hockey team snapped a four-game losing streak in international finals with a 5-1 victory over the U.S. on Saturday to take the Four Nations Cup in Finland.

The Canadian women hadn't beaten the U.S. in the last game of an international tournament since the 2007 Four Nations Cup in Kitchener, Ont.

The U.S. won two world championships, the 2008 Four Nations Cup and September's Hockey Canada Cup in Vancouver after that.

"We have some players that have never won in a big tournament before against the U.S., some of our young players," captain HayleyWickenheiser said from Tikkurila.
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The Growth of the Game
Hayley Wickenheiser feels a sense of pride at increasing popularity of the sport with women and expectations for after the games.
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Calgary Herald, August 15th, 2009

Hayley Hits 200!
Hayley Wickenheiser’s hockey career spans more than 15 years and has taken her all over the planet. Last season, she played professional men’s hockey in Sweden — a check on her list of career goals. And tonight, another milestone — her 200th international women’s hockey game — will be crossed off when the Canadians face off with Sweden at Father David Bauer
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June 23, 2009

Samsung Electronics Links the World to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
Samsung Unveils Olympic Games Programs to Allow Consumers and Olympians like Wayne Gretzky, Hayley Wickenheiser and Jarome Iginla to Discover Their Every WOW Moment.
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April 1, 2008

The 25 Toughest AthletesSports Illustrated
Let's start a barroom argument. Who are the toughest athletes in sports? Well, hang on a second. How do you define tough? The ability to take and deliver a shot or ten? To play hurt and still play well? The utter refusal to give in to pressure, circumstance, or more physically imposing foe? To dominate one's opponents or even one's sport? Read more

April 1, 2009

Women to be admitted to Hockey Hall of Fame - The Toronto Star
There have always been those who believed that comparing the stars of men's professional hockey to the greatest players in the women's game was too difficult, too unwieldy and simply pointless. Maybe they were right. Given the different developmental stages of the men's game versus the women's, comparing Hayley Wickenheiser to Alex Ovechkin is like comparing Tris Speaker to Derek Jeter. Read more

March 28, 2009

Wickenheiser named captain for world championships - CBC Sports
Veteran Hayley Wickenheiser was named captain of Canada's national women's team for the IIHF World Championships in April, Hockey Canada announced Saturday. The Shaunavon, Sask., native has been captain of the women's team since 2007. Read more

March 26, 2009

2002 Men's and Women's Gold Medal Hockey Teams Lead 2009 Inductees into Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame - Canadian News Wire
In mesmerizing performances at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games seven years ago, two Canadian figure skaters won gold after first being awarded silver and two hockey teams both defeated host United States for Canada's first Olympic men's hockey gold in 50 years and first-ever women's gold. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) will honour these and other sport legends tonight in Vancouver at the 2009 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremony presented by General Motors Canada and the Vancouver Airport Authority. Read more

March 18, 2009

Canadians choose Hayley Wickenheiser as someone they would like to pass the Olympic Flame to - Canadian News Wire
Hayley Wickenheiser chosen amongst prominent Canadian greats such as Terry Fox and Wayne Gretzky as someone Canadians would most like to pass the Olympic Flame to during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. Read more

Mar 17/09

Canada’s National Women’s Team roster has been named for the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship, which will be held April 4-12 in Hämeenlinna, Finland. Hockey Canada has also named the additional four players who will be centralized in Calgary, AB beginning in pdf here

Mar 16/09

ParticipACTION and Wilson Sporting Goods team up to give Boys and Girls Clubs more reasons to move
Members of Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada are bouncing, kicking and catching brand new soccer balls, basketballs and footballs, thanks to a new partnership between ParticipACTION and Wilson Sporting Goods... download pdf here

Mar 11/09

Prominent Canadians fill new roles on ParticipACTION’s Board of Directors
ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada, is pleased to announce the appointments of Phil Fontaine, Mary-Lou pdf here

Mar 01/09

Countdown to 2010: Spotlight on Canadian Atheletes
Air Canada releases a monthly feature in their in-flight magazine Enroute. March 2009 featured pdf here