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Sudden Realizations and why I've been MIA - January 31, 2013

Whew!  Today it hit me that it’s almost February – what a blur the last few months have been!  I know that’s not much of an excuse for taking so much time between posts – but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Well that and I’m really sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately.

I’ll give you a quick rundown of what’s been going on. November 14-18, the 3rd annual Wickenheiser International Women's Hockey Festival (or Wickfest for short) took place in Burnaby, B.C. I always leave this event energized and excited about the future of the game.   This year was no exception. The tournament was again sold out with teams from across western Canada and the USA – but what was really cool is that the Mexican national team came to the tournament (yup, there is one!).

The future of international play depends on countries like Mexico really upping their game and being competitive. What WickFest tries to do is to be more than just a hockey tournament. We have workshops on and off the ice that highlight everything from training, to nutrition to the mental side of the game.  We try to bring the whole package to the over 1,200 girls that attend.  By the end of the four days I am exhausted but more so excited about the future of women’s hockey.

Not much down time when I got back from WickFest at the end of November because for me – ‘tis the season for exams. And in between hitting the books I had to hit a few malls to get ready for Christmas. I am not sure what is more stressful -  writing exams or hitting mall in December?! 

So now it’s almost the end of January and the other day it hit me that the Olympics are just a little over a year away! In my sudden realization I called my friend and said, “I JUST realized the Olympics are a year away.” Her response…. “The Olympics are every four years. There was one three years ago. It’s a cycle like that. I would think you’d have learned this is how it works!”

So, thanks to my smarty-pants friend, the panic has subsided and the energy is ON! Let’s get this thing started…. Busy is just the beginning.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Tell me on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win something cool. Hmmm, I must have some cool Olympic memorabilia kicking around to mark this special occasion. ;)


On The Mend and Learning to Take my own Advice - October 5, 2012

I am sitting this week out and learning some lessons along the way.

On Thursday evening while I was on the ice at WinSport playing for the National Team White Team against Midget AAA Flames, I was pushed awkwardly into the boards and I got banged up pretty good. I was taken out of the arena in a stretcher for the first time in my career. Getting hurt is part of the game and when you have been playing as long as I have I guess it’s pretty amazing that this was a first, must be some sort of record! The team doctors took every precaution and even though it turned out to be nothing too serious, I am grateful they didn’t take any chances and sent me to Foothills Hospital.

As a pre-med student, visiting the hospital is pretty cool although not quite as fun when you are the one being poked and prodded. Thanks to all the amazing doctors at Foothills Hospital who took care of me. What a team!

I am on the mend, back in classes but not on the ice. Sometime healing from injuries can be as tough mentally as they are physically and I try and focus on the following five tricks.

Don’t look too far ahead: When dealing with an injury of any kind, invest your energy into what’s important now (WIN) because you can’t predict the future and that won’t help you anyways.

Be your own best friend: Don’t get caught up in your thoughts and go easy on yourself. Know when to push and when to back off.

Be systematic: Getting better is a process and you must give it the time it needs, so ease yourself back into competition by testing yourself in game-like situations first.

Don’t come back too soon: Heal right the first time and even when your body has healed, sometimes your mind needs to catch up so make sure you’re ready mentally to get back in game.

Accept injury is part of high level sport: It’s inevitable but that doesn’t mean you can’t mitigate injury by being in the best physical and mental shape you can be by training yourself to the highest level.

It’s much easier for me to give this advice than to take it. While this was only a minor setback and I should be back on the ice in a week, I am learning to let go. So for the next week I will spend time with my son, go to class, study, rest and heal all while trying to take the advice that I have given to others before me.

See you on the ice soon!

 


Hurting The Game: Why NHL lockouts are stupid - September 18, 2012

Well, here we go again. The first thing I have to say about the current lockout situation (and all NHL lockouts for that matter) is that it’s stupid.

Fans of the game, including myself, don’t understand how and why players and owners can get to this point. We don’t understand the business of the game and how owners can sign lucrative long term deals with players and then turn around and say salaries are too high and the economic model of the league isn’t working. It doesn’t make sense and it hurts the game at every level.  I, like most Canadians, could care less about either the players or the owners making more money. I mean they make more in one year than the average Canadian will make in their entire professional career.

What I do care about is the effects a lockout has on the livelihood of other Canadians who work in arenas, at concessions, in sports bars and restaurants, heck even Harvey the Hound, the Calgary Flames beloved mascot, is out of a gig for now.

The fact of the matter is hockey matters in this country – it might not matter as much in the US where life will move along without much notice, but here in the land of maple syrup and toques, it is a significant blow to a lot of people, to us, the fans.

It’s selfish that the league and players won’t negotiate while agreeing to “Game On”.

I think we will see hockey yet this year. I would hedge a bet it will be “game on” right before the winter classic in Detroit because skipping that event would cost the owners too much. While I am not on the ‘side’ of anyone, I don’t think it’s right Gary Bettman makes more than Crosby but ultimately owners decide the game because they pay the bills. And while we might forget as fans of a game, let’s not kid ourselves; hockey is a business.

I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Donald Fehr, the NHL Union Boss, a while back and he seems like a really reasonable guy so here’s hoping two lawyers and their teams of people can hammer out a deal. And maybe when they do, we should teach the NHL a thing or two about being left out in the cold by boycotting an entire season Nation-wide. Let’s see how players like playing in empty stadiums and how owners like twiddling their thumbs instead of counting their piles of cold hard cash – that at the end of the day – comes from the fans, so shouldn’t we get a say too?

That being said, fans don’t fret! There is still plenty of great hockey to see!
Come check out my CIS team, the University of Calgary Dinos!
There is the WHL, CWHLA, Major junior, World juniors…not to mention there is Minor hockey being played in every rink all hours of the day and night all over this hockey-loving country.
Oh and if you need a cyberfix, pick up NHL 13 where for the very first time I am an avatar…yep shameless plug ;)

In closing, there is clearly something wrong with the business model if the players and owners muddled through negotiations following a lockout in 2004/05 and here we are again. Get it right and let’s get on with what’s important – the game. 
 


What do you want to Know? - August 27, 2012

I get asked A LOT of questions. Sure, you may see my mug on television after big games or online clips of me talking about charities I support. You may have noticed quotes published in magazines and newspapers but I also get thousands of letters from fans each year asking me all sorts of questions.
 
I get emails from students who want to know about the Olympic experience for school projects, authors ask me to write forewords for books and players of all ages request advice on the game.
 
I try to answer them all.
 
In addition to it being really fun hearing from people from all over Canada and even all over the globe, I am also so fascinated by what questions they ask and keen to learn what interests’ fans. There are of course the usual questions about ‘What it’s like to play in the Olympics’ and ‘Who my favourite hockey player of all time is’ but there are also some very extraordinary questions that make me reflect. Ultimately every email provides some insight about what is important to fans and helps me gauge how others perceive women’s hockey.
 
Here are some questions I received from a student in Northern California who is researching for an interview project he is completing and I wanted to share.
 
What is your perspective on the concept of leadership?
 
We need strong leaders and not everyone is born to lead. Others want to know if you can inspire them and if they can relate to their leader. It takes a particular personality, inner-strength and character. Leadership is all about constantly learning and a good leader knows there are also times it is important to step back and follow. I believe a good leader never expects others to do what they wouldn’t do themselves.
 
What is your view on the role of international sporting events such as the Olympics in the modern world?
 
There is nothing in the world that unites people quite like the Olympic Games. It’s truly a forum for peace and development and for two weeks every two years the world can rally around something positive. They are as relevant now as they were in the beginning.
 
What is your view on the rise of China in the international sporting world?
 
They have an incredible sporting school system that takes kids as young as 6 and streams them in a sport they think they might excel at and trains them from an early age. While it might seem a bit extreme, it is clearly working as they are putting some amazing performances in many sports as we saw at the London games. China is also
ahead of the world in sport medicine so while performances have been outstanding there are also questions around gene doping and stem cell therapy on some of the athletes and there is no way to drug test for that so it’s impossible to know for sure.


Forming. Storming. Norming. One Day at a Time - July 19, 2012

It is Day 5 of Camp here in Finland. The development camp got the day off to sightsee in Helsinki, which is about 2 hours away. The high performance campers were not so lucky; it was another hard day of training, skills practice, team building activities and even another on ice practice at night.
 
There are typically 3 phases a team goes through to prepare and come together at a camp such as this one: Forming. Storming. And norming.
 
The forming phase happens in the first day or so, the team gets to know one another and identities are formed. Storming is the stage we are just coming through now. It’s the period when people get a little tired, they start to get on one another’s cases and true personalities start to show while the team figures out its next direction. Now we’re getting into the norming phase as individuals become more comfortable with expectations of the team and  the unique roles they will play. For the 6 teams at camp, it has not been easy. Each team has a manager, a coach mentor, 2 coaches, a goalie coach, an athlete mentor and a trainer. Everyone must work together and everyone has different ideas about how to do that. Language is also an issue as it takes much longer to teach concepts when there are up to 8 athletes on a team who speak different languages. A lot of patience and understanding about where each person is coming from is required to make time spent on the ice a success.
 
Today we had a fun activity at camp, each team had to do a skit with the theme 'biggest loser'. There were some really funny little acts and I think a good laugh was had by everyone and it was a welcome change of pace for all involved.
 
As players get tired here with 3 days to go, it’s important to remember this camp is about high performance, so they need to be pushed and coaches need to keep energy high and stay positive. Many girls have never skated so much in their entire lives, let alone adding in all the training and seminars and dealing with communication barriers amongst their team. A lot of the players are fried but it is teaching mental toughness!!
 
More will be revealed on how the teams do and individuals fare in my next blog from Finland! 


From Finland with Love - July 16, 2012



It is fantastic to be back in Helsinki!
 
I have been to Vierumäki roughly 10 times throughout my career but this is the first time in summer and let me just say it is wayyyyy better. The winter is dark, dreary and depressing, like something out of a horror movie. My first arrival here years ago led to a greater understanding of how people from hot countries feel when they immigrate to Canada in January!
 
The first time I was here with my teammates was 1998. We stayed in a cabin at the exact spot I am staying at now, some 14 years later. Oh the memories! From being awoken for 'boot camp' from our coach to breaking curfew and getting bag skated between periods DURING a game, that first trip here was nutso!
 
Wow, has it (and we) come a long way, everything has evolved, so while there are many things that are familiar, it’s a way different experience. I can't think of a better training facility in the world. We have access to an indoor and outdoor track, weight room, 3 ice surfaces, swimming pool, tennis courts, sports science, cafeteria, hotel, meeting rooms… everything you could possibly want and more for a high performance camp. My teammates will laugh to read this but I would honestly come here on my own to train in the summer. When it’s not raining, the sun is out until 10pm or 11pm and with 2 golf courses and endless kilometers of running paths, I could never get bored, it’s awesome!
 
The camp itself is a huge undertaking: 450 participants and 120 high performance athletes in a development camp. There are 18 countries represented in the HPC while the development camp has athletes from 21 unique countries. There are people from as far away as Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and they are all so excited, it’s a good mix.
 
I recently met the former captain of the British national team, who is here as a strength and fitness coach. I didn't even know they played hockey, let alone had about 50 rinks in the country!! Amazing!
 
It’s nice to see kids from Russia trying to speak to Canadians and athletes from all different countries mingling. Despite a healthy competitive atmosphere, there’s also a great spirit of helping one another. I believe that is important in events like this one that brings us all together.
 
Aside from hockey, I have been busy with my other job, of which there is no off-season. Noah and his best friend got stuck in Stockholm on their way to Finland. Two pre-pubescent boys alone for 10 hours in a Swedish airport, thank goodness it was uneventful and they made it here safe and sound.
 
Finland has come a long way from the fish soup and pickled herring of 1998. Now we have wireless internet, a disco and bowling facilities, my former teamies would have to see it to believe it… wish they were here!
 
Should be a great rest of the week!
Until next time, signing off from Vierumäki,
Hayley
 


Small Praise for Big Heroes - June 25, 2012


Last week, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the inaugural Calgary’s Unsung Heroes Awards presented by DeliverGood (check out the pics on Facebook). There, I was inspired by amazing people who tirelessly give of themselves in big and small ways without any one cheering them on and requiring no recognition, true heroes of our community.

Calgary is the volunteer capital of Canada, so of course there are several great organizations paying tribute to local philanthropists and volunteers, but DeliverGood decided to go for something, hmmm let’s say a little unconventional. If you’re not familiar with its work, DeliverGood is a Calgary social enterprise that matches people and charities who need ‘stuff’ with people and companies who have ‘stuff’. Founder, Robb Price has been on the front lines of the charitable sector and sees first hand the dedication of everyday heroes. So, Robb decided to throw a ‘little’ event to sing the praises of just a few of those folk.

Brent King won the ‘Solving 1 Problem Award’ for his efforts delivering upwards of 100,000 pairs of men’s underwear to homeless shelters across the country.

Accountant Craig Thompson, won the ‘Shirt off My Back Award’ for his dedication to helping small business owners.

Marilyn Dyck, founder of The Doorway, took home the ‘Chairman’s Rock On Award’ for helping transition thousands of youth off the street.

Dick Wilson was the winner of the ‘Wings and the Wind Award’ for his leadership and guidance of so many young entrepreneurs starting out.

Lastly, a man I know well and respect a great deal, photographer Dave Holland, took home the “Amateur Sport’s Favourite Flasher Award’ for championing athletes in Canada. Many of the action shots you see on my website were snapped by Dave.

This grassroots community event reminded me there are so many people doing amazing work in the world and they do it without ever experiencing the thrill of a gold medal. Seeing these heroes humbled by the attention and hearing people speak about the work they do, also reminded me every little thing counts and the collaborative effort of the everyday work people do is the backbone of our community.

I couldn’t help but reflect on the unsung heroes in my life and so I decided to sing their praises here.

First and foremost, My Parents:

Tom and Marilyn (far left and to my right) have done so much for me and my bother and sister, giving us opportunities at the expense of their own dreams. I can’t begin to express enough gratitude for their quiet heroics that inspire me daily.

Lesley Reddon: Les works for Hockey Canada and was a goalie for the Olympic team in 1998. If it weren’t for her, our national team program would not be successful. I truly love Les and respect her so much; I would do anything for her. She is my hero for sure.

Robin Macdonald: Our equipment manager is amazing in every way and does all the little things behind the scenes to keep our team successful on the ice.

Janice Tomlin: My son’s nanny when he was little and his best friend’s grandma. Janice has travelled all over with us ensuring my son was well taken care of when I couldn’t be there. She has worked about 9 jobs, from florist at Safeway to serial house sitter and did it all as a single mom. She just retired and I couldn't be happier for this heroine.

Service People: My commitments take me all over the world, far from home and often for long periods of time. I can’t help but think about the people I meet in the service industry in hotels that do all the little things to make my stay comfortable.

Mr. Chan: The janitor at my son's school goes about his work every day without fanfare and the kids just love him. They draw pictures and gravitate toward him, as he always has a smile on his face.

Teachers, almost all of them: There are too many to mention but I feel all teachers are unsung heroes and many who taught me had profound impact on my education, self-esteem and decisions as an adult. Today I am honoured to watch how great teachers are impacting my own son.

Community Leaders: Most recently I met a man named Steve Jani in Ft. Mac when I was there doing a minor hockey appearance. Steve is a true unsung hockey hero for his efforts in promoting girls hockey. He works with aboriginal youth and really, truly, loves his community, which is obvious in how much he gives back.

These folks go about their daily endeavours with no hype or fanfare. They are everyday people just doing the right thing in the little, but highly impactful ways – whether it’s just taking great pride and care in their job or going out of their way to help others. They are unsung heroes!




We're Going To Make You Sweat - May 30, 2012


 

Oh the joys of fitness testing! I’m not the sugar-coating kind, and you keep asking me what it’s like, so this is your backstage pass to the most dreaded few days of our team’s year. Most days I love being a hockey player, but there are three days, three times a year that I honestly envy the wonderful people who serve me my Tim Hortons in the morning.

 

Twice in the Spring and once near the end of Summer, National Team players gather for the dreaded fitness testing. Just to give you an idea of how intense this is, the NHLPA rules go something like ‘NHL players can only fitness-test for three hours’, while we are put through the paces for three DAYS of events. It’s by far the most comprehensive and intense testing and no matter how many times you do it, it sucks. I know it’s going to hurt and it never really gets easier, even if you’re at peak performance, because it just means they push you further. Before we even get started, there’s another lovely little chore: Fat testing. Yep callipers test 30 sites on all your wobbly bits, while you hang out in your bra and underwear feeling awfully exposed. Now there is no right score on this, as it’s the fat to muscle ratio, not just fat percentage, that’s important, but most elite female hockey players will test somewhere between 12% and 18%. A lot of it comes down to how well you carry your weight and acts mostly a baseline measure.

 

Day 1 consists of major strength testing, beginning with pushing out your maximum chin-ups, bench press, and vertical and horizontal jumps. Next, we undergo the RHIET test, which stands for Rapid High Intensity Endurance Test. We hate this. All of us. You run 40 meters down and 40 meters back 6 times for a total of no more than 30 second per repetition. The crucial measure is the drop off between the first interval and the last interval; it should be less than 1.5 seconds for elite athletes.  The RHIET might not sound so tough but I have borderline passed out, athletes often cough up a lung, and sometimes I’ve even gone blind for a few seconds after lol, because you are pushing yourself and tolerating a lot of lactic acid doing this. 

 

If you don’t cool down properly after Day 1 and take good care of your body by getting sleep and eating right, you will hurt on Day 2. I stay away from anything that will go through me quickly. Things high in fibre or coffee don't often fare to well in the body, as training camp is nerve-racking and the exercise combined with angst can be a recipe for disaster if you eat or drink the wrong things!!  

 

Next up on Day 2 is the Beep Test. This is used to measure your aerobic endurance and you basically run to a cadenced beep as it increases in speed until you drop out. Elite female hockey players run anywhere from 11 – 14, 13-14 being in the 60's for vo2 max and a very good score. To put that into perspective, the average person might have a tough time making it to 6 or 7. Some believe it to be the most important test, although I think it only gives part of your fitness profile, not the entire picture.

 

Enter the bike tests, which I consider the best of the worst, because I love bike pain and am fairly strong on the bike. There are several tests in this category, such as the Incremental Lactate Test, where they prick your finger every few minutes as you peddle for upwards of 30-40 minutes, while the trainer increases the watts so you have to work harder. The purpose is to work you until you ‘bonk’ to see what your lactate tolerance is at certain wattages. From this, they are able to determine HR training zones and its good to know those for off ice training. After figuring out your anaerobic/aerobic fitness rates, they give you a couple hours to recover. So nice of them, don’t you think?! I usually regroup by drinking some Ultima Replenishers, flush out the lactate by drinking water with baking soda, and maybe scarf down a half avocado and a bar. I usually stick to vegetables and complex carbs during training as I eat a lot leading up to store enough glycogen, and I don’t enjoy feeling full or heavy during testing.

 

Then they bring on the Wingate Test where trainers load your bike with weights while you cycle for 15 seconds as hard as you can possibly go, then after a short break they load you again for another 30 seconds of hard pushing. This is short but brutal. The fitter and heavier you are, the more weight you push. The more watts per kg you can push, the more power you have. This is a good test for hockey players.

 

But alas, they leave the worst for last: the CP 2.5 Test. From our previous results, physiologists predict what we can push on the bike for 2.5 minutes. This is about both power and speed endurance, and I consider this the most important marker for hockey players. Elite hockey players both female and malewill push anywhere from 350-600 watts on this test. To give you an example, Ryder Hesjedal, who recently won the Giro D' Italia, can push about 5oo watts for an hour!! That is sick! In saying that hockey and cycling are two different beasts and the physiology is entirely different, as is the makeup of the athlete.

 

I actually came away from this last camp, feeling as if I am in the best physical shape of my life which leads me to believe I am training smarter. I PB’ed quite a few tests actually, which is great for confidence. Its surprising to be achieving personal bests in May, usually that happens in September after a full season of training.

 

After a grueling few days, the team celebrated by taking in a Blue Jay’s game in the President’s Suite and indulging in some beer, pizza and other high-fat meals that are restricted from our diets most of the year. But it was back on the healthy eating wagon the next day as the final fitness testing of 2012 is just a little over 3 months away. This is the ultimate test of what you did over the summer, as there is no way to hide it from your trainers, teammates or yourself about how hard you worked in the off-season. Which brings me to our next LIVE WEB CHAT (coming soon), when I will be connecting with members of Club Wick to answer questions about ‘Staying Hockey-Fit All Summer Long’. Hope to see you inside Club Wick!

 

Phewf! So that about sums up your backstage pass to the world of fitness testing… if you’ve been through something similar, I salute you…. If you haven’t, just be grateful for that 12-minute run they make you do in PhysEd?!





Girls Just Want to Have (Well-Deserved) Fun - April 27, 2012

It has been a wild ride this winter and this spring so far is no different! Coming off two big wins and then immediately coming home to face final exams, I have to admit, I am exhausted! As usual, when coming off a crazy time, I took a few days ‘off’ to catch up on regular life stuff that has been piling up – laundry for example.
I’m not going to lie. There was ice cream cake on plates that had been sitting there schmelty, sticky and nasty for three days. It was time for a major clean up followed by a life/schedule review for the coming months. Now, I finally feel somewhat caught-up enough to be prepared for the onslaught of the coming months of commitments – but FIRST –  a girl (and her friends) need a couple of days to regroup.

A girl’s weekend away is in order! Now, anyone who knows me, will tell you I am not exactly a “sit around and get her hair ‘did’ and nails painted” kind of woman, but I thought that’s maybe just what we all needed.

So I rounded up some of my closest friends (all of whom had babies this year)  and nailed down a weekend where we can all be together, away from chaos of day-to-day life that includes meetings, laundry, full-time jobs, making dinner, cleaning up, shuttling all over the city, and our beautiful, wonderful, amazing, totally awesome (but loud and demanding) children. ;) Any mom knows what I’m talking about.  

It’s not very often I, or these women, have downtime where we can forgo all responsibilities and just relax and I don’t take it for granted. While I am grateful for the many blessings that keep me busy, this weekend I will also be grateful for bad 80’s music, pajamas and mud face masks with good friends. And who knows we may even post some ridiculous pictures in the Club Wick ‘Behind The Scenes!’ 



Fresh Off A Golden Weekend - April 24, 2012

It’s been just over a week since my teammates and I won Gold in Vermont and the world championships glow is still going strong. Thank-you to everyone for your kind words and steadfast support over the weekend; what a way to finish an already awesome season, ending a four-year world champs drought!

Fresh off the CIS win with the Dinos, which was far sweeter win than I imagined it would be as I mentioned in my “welcome blog”, I reunited with some old friends and new players for try-outs in Ottawa and then it was on to Vermont.
 
The energy around IIHF world champs is so big, the arena could barely contain it and the Americans proved to be great hosts as crowds packed the rinks for many of the games over the weekend. While winning was certainly a highlight, what really struck me and made me so proud was to see the increased level of competition in women’s hockey. 
 
A perfect example is the Bronze medal winners and first time IIHF medalists, the Swiss, who were the underdogs going in and beat Finland 6-2 in an upset.
 
The level of play throughout the tournament really demonstrates how programs like the AMP program and the IIHF’s commitment to elevating the game are starting to pay off at the highest level. We are still definitely in a period of growth, but it is a good start.
 
While it was tough to swallow last Friday’s loss to the U.S., I believe the true abilities of a team are revealed in the way they recover from a major defeat and I am proud of how we came back after being, shall we say, whooped 9 – 2.
 
We did two things after that game that really helped bring us together as a team so we could come back to win Gold. First off, we relaxed. Everyone was really wound up because as you can imagine we are playing in a highly competitive environment and the pressure can really get to you. But we made a conscious effort to chill out – and enjoy the moments as they came. We have all felt this pressure many times before so we decided to help ease the tension by preparing a flash mob for the following morning at breakfast. It was a super fun way to let the game go and get everyone to smile and laugh as a team. Word got out and they were even talking about our performance the next day on TSN! If you want to check the vid, I have posted it Behind the Scenes for Club Wick members.

The second thing we did to come back from that game was to re-focus. Forget about all the media, and the crowds, and the games that had been won and lost and just focused on strategies to win the game in front of us. It worked because we started playing as a team and took home our first Gold medal in five years after beating our toughest rivals the U.S.
 
The win rocks but this tournament was about so more than medals. I have to agree Caitlin Cahow, an American player who was injured for this tournament and had to watch from the sidelines. Caitlin wrote about the ferocious hunger for women’s hockey that she witnessed in Vermont on her blog following the finals. “I feel empowered to build upon this momentum. To come back with renewed vigor and focus, to push harder than ever before so that every time I step on that ice, I am making myself and the game better. We have something magical on our hands, and none of us, Canadian or American, thinks we are done.”
 
Well put.
 
I think of how far women’s hockey has come, I see where the game is today, and I am energized by the possibilities of where it can go because of the women who shared the ice in Vermont last weekend.
It’s tough returning to ‘real’ life following such a surreal and intense couple weeks of hockey, since I came back to Calgary I have been hitting the books. Turns out not even a gold medal gets you a free pass from exam time. I finished my last exam yesterday and Spring is in the air so time to get out and enjoy the sunshine!

Hope to chat with you on April 29th when I am doing my first ever LIVE WEB CHAT with Club Wick Members! Get your questions ready and talk to you soon!
 




Hayley’s First Blog - March 26, 2012

Welcome to HayleyWickenheiser.com! This website is a first of its kind, where you get access to videos demonstrating drills and skills to help develop your game, real-time interaction during regular live web chats, and an online home to connect with other players. Think of hayleywickenheiser.com as a 24-hour locker room where you can come for advice, to hash out ice tactics, and get the latest on what’s happening in the greatest sport of all time – Hockey!

While many people are looking towards summer, spring is playoff season for hockey lovers. I just came off a CIS win with the University of Calgary Dinos. Many people ask what a championship at that level feels like after winning 3 Gold medals throughout my National Team career. They are always surprised to hear just how meaningful it was to take the top spot in the CIS. When you train, study and pretty much live with a group of people you become so close. I love my teammates, they work hard and were hungry for the win so it was awesome to be a part of that. I would put how these girls train and our program at the U of C up against any National team or other program that I have been a part of. It was exciting to win and hopefully show other Canadian players just how thrilling it can be to stay in Canada and win!

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my website. Next stop IIHF World Championships in Vermont!