Hayley Wickenheiser chosen as Canadian Team's flag-bearer for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
On February 7, Hayley Wickenheiser will lead Team Canada into the Sochi Olympic Stadium holding the Canadian flag. Her true Canadian grit, her patriotism and her sp
ortsmanship are what make her an outstanding choice to represent the country said Canadain Chef to Mission from Parliment Hill on Thursday. Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, called Wickenheiser one of Canada’s “greatest ambassadors.”“Hayley is loved by her teammates, respected by her opponents and cherished by all Canadians,” he said in a statement realised to media. “For 20 years, Hayley has been the cornerstone of Canadian women’s hockey and an integral part of the sport’s growth around the world. This is a well-deserved honour.”
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Hayley Wickenheiser one of the first female players in NHL video game
Globe and Mail, Sarah Ratchford, August 28, 2012
She’s been a pioneer in the hockey world for years. Now, Hayley Wickenheiser is making video game history too. The star of Canada’s women’s hockey team is one of the first two female athletes to be featured as a playable character in a professional sports league video game. Players of EA Sports’ NHL 13 will have the option of choosing either Wickenheiser or veteran American defenceman Angela Ruggiero as avatars. (Read More...)
The Many Hats of Hayley
Wickenheiser is a mentor, ambassador, but still a player first
International Ice Hockey Federation, July 20, 2012
VIERUMÄKI – Almost every day this past week, Hayley Wickenheiser has hit the ice at six in the morning, to work out and skate on her own because she’s a world-class player, and intends to stay at the top of her game at least until the Sochi Olympics.
However, this week she has also been the athlete ambassador mentor at the IIHF High Performance Camp, working with the six athlete ambassadors, other top players themselves, who are assigned to each of the six HPC teams. (Read More...)
Giving Back to Moms
The Calgary Herald, Spotlight, June 8, 2012
It's a Tuesday afternoon and Canadian hockey superstar Hayley Wickenheiser and her mom, Marilyn Wickenheiser, are hanging out on the sectional at Hayley's northwest home. Their deep connection is obvious, their admiration for one another visible - and the innate feistiness that we so often witness from Hayley on the ice is obviously in the genes.
As a kid back in Saskatchewan, Hayley remembers her mom's tough love. She jokes about one of her most memorable moments. (Read More...)
Wickenheiser Enjoys Juggling Act
The Canadian Press, by Donna Spencer, May 11, 2012
HAYLEY WICKENHEISER say motherhood saves her from “the disease of me.”
Hockey could consume her life. There was a time when it did. The captain of the Canadian women’s hockey team says her 12-year-old son Noah is the breeze that parts the fog she sometimes finds herself in.
“When you are an athlete, it’s the ‘disease of me’ because you are so concerned about everything about yourself — your performance, what you eat, how much you’re sleeping,” Wickenheiser said Thursday. “It’s always about yourself. Then you have a child and then it suddenly is not always about you. (Read More...)
Canada wins Gold in Nail-Biter OT Finish
The Canadian Press, April 15, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Caroline Ouellette scored her second goal of the game 1:50 into overtime as Canada won the women's world hockey championship with a 5-4 victory over the U.S. on Saturday.
Ouellette took a pass from Meghan Agosta and fired a shot past U.S. goaltender Molly Schaus to close the latest chapter of the long history between the North American rivals.
"It was off the change. Really who made the play of the game on that was Tessa Bonhomme. She saw I was coming off the bench, she went to the net and brought everyone with her. I yelled as loud as I could. I think Meghan Agosta was about to shoot and she heard me. She passed to me and Tessa Bonhomme was in front of the goalie and she didn't see anything.
"I just had to shoot."
Canada may have won Olympic gold in 2010, but it was the country's first world championship since 2007 in Winnipeg. The U.S. beat them in three straight finals after that, including an overtime victory last year in Switzerland.
Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser scored short-handed and Canada also got goals from Jayna Hefford and Agosta. (Read More...)
Burlington Free Press, by John A. Fantino, April 12, 2012
Hayley Wickenheiser is a Canadian Icon - Veteran has Played for Canada Since 1994
Each sport has celebrities, the type of players adored by fans and revered by kids. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter are examples of star athletes who also serve as role models for many.
For women’s hockey players in Canada, so is Hayley Wickenheiser.
The forward from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, has been the face of the sport in hockey-crazed Canada for almost two decades, and she is the most decorated player competing in the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship this week at the University of Vermont. (Read More...)
The Calgary Sun, by Jason Hills, March 12, 2012
Dinos Win CIS Nationals
Hayley Wickenheiser showed why she’s considered the best female hockey player on the planet.
She scored two goals and added two assists Sunday as the Calgary Dinos claimed their first national championship with a 5-1 victory over the sixth-seeded Universite de Montreal Carabins at Clare Drake Arena.
The championship holds special meaning for Wickenheiser and Dinos head coach Danielle Goyette.
They’ve won titles at every level of women’s hockey, including Olympic and world championships and Four Nations Cup gold medals.
The only thing missing was a CIS title — until now. (Read More...)
CIS Women's Hockey Lucky to Have Hayley WickenheiserThe Edmonton Journal, by John MacKinnon, March 11, 2012
“Don’t be scared to be good.” — Melody Davidson, longtime Canadian National Women’s Team Head Coach.
That admonition was one of many that Davidson delivered in a 20-minute talk to the Women’s Hockey Summit on Saturday at the University of Alberta.
The occasion was the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Women’s Hockey Nationals, and the context was a mini think-tank among about 50 coaches and sport administrators who were wrestling with creative solutions so that women’s university hockey can up its game and become a breeding ground for future Canadian Olympians.
It is not that now, although some women who have competed for Canada at World Championships and Olympics play for university teams. The most notable of these is Hayley Wickenheiser, whose two-goal, two-assist performance in the CIS final game led the Calgary Dinos to a 5-1 victory over the University of Montreal Carabins. (Read More...)
The Globe and Mail, Monday February 6, 2012
The Globe’s Power 50 List
The Globe and Mail’s annual list ranks the players with the influence, and the desire, to affect sport in Canada during 2012.
2. Gary Bettman.
3. Concussion experts. (Charles Tator, Paul Echln, Robert Cantu, Karen Johnson, Brian Benson, Michael Cusimano, Chris Nowinski, et al.)
4. Ken Dryden....
24. Hayley Wickenheiser.
Order of Canada Investiture CeremonyThe Office of the Governor General, November 2, 2011
OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, November 4, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 28 Members, 10 Officers and one Companion. The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
Since its creation, more than 5 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
Hayley Wickenheiser, O.C.
Officer of the Order of Canada
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More Than 1,000 Players Compete In Wickenheiser Int’l Women’s Hockey FestivalHockey Now, By Kristi Patton, December 9, 2011
It was the ultimate hockey weekend for more than 1,000 female hockey players who came from across the continent to participate in this year’s Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival.
“The opportunity that our girls have with the totally inclusive approach where our girls can play great hockey, but also learn from the best of the best off the ice too is phenomenal,” said Moe Velji, whose daughter plays for the Burnaby Wildcats, the partner minor hockey association for the festival.
The brainchild of women’s hockey superstar Hayley Wickenheiser, the event held from Nov. 18 to 21 at Burnaby 8-Rinks was more than just your average hockey tournament. A lineup of Olympians, highly regarded coaches, scouts and trainers addressed a number of topics for the young players. (Read more…)
Female Star Giving Back To Hockey
|Star Phoenix, by Daniel Nugent-Bowman, Saturday December 17, 2011|
When Hayley Wickenheiser first laced up her skates in Shaunavon as a young girl, she looked up to Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and the rest of the Edmonton Oilers.
While the growth of women's hockey over the past two decades has allowed today's generation of female players to look within for inspiration, Wickenheiser believes the sport still has a ways to go.
The Team Canada women's captain has taken part in meetings with the NHL in an effort to increase awareness and corporate support for the Canadian Women's Hockey League - a six-team league that merged with the Western Women's Hockey League in April.
With interest in the women's game waning in non-Olympic years, Wickenheiser thinks a successful CWHL is vital to the future of the sport. (Read more…)
Women of distinction | The greatest female athletes in the history of sportsQMI Agency, by Benoit Rioux, 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. (Read more...)
Hayley Wickenheiser gives inside look at her Olympic preparation in new bookThe Canadian Press, by Donna Spencer, Oct 18, 2010
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. (Read more...)
Czechs give Hayley Wickenheiser's hockey festival international flavourThe Canadian Press, by Donna Spencer, 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. (Read more...)
Wickenheiser wins top university hockey awardThe Canadian Press, cbc.ca, February 23, 2011
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.
"Hayley was a great addition to our team, raising the level and intensity for our players," head coach Danielle Goyette said in a release. (Read more...)
Crescent Point Wickenheiser CentreThe Shaunavon Standard, Wednesday February 23, 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. (Read more...)
Best Olympic memory: Canada’s women’s hockey triumphPostmedia News, by Yvonne Zacharias, 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. (Read more...)
Hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser on e-booksGlobe And Mail, by Anthony Jenkins, January 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. (Read more...)
Canada wins Four Nations Cup in OTThe Canadian Press, by Donna Spencer, Sunday November 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.” (Read more...)
Boxing Day Dilemma Solved – Hayley Wickenheiser uses www.delivergood.org to make donations
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 www.delivergood.org. "Who needs what I have?" ...
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. (Read more...)
Hayley Wickenheiser joins the FAN 590 Morning Show...
...to talk about her experiences at the Hockey Summit, the future of women's hockey, and the push to increase the number of players worldwide.
Screen Shots: How reality TV would help women's hockeyThe Hockey News, by Adam Proteau, August 2010
Reality TV shows: can’t live with ’em, can’t avoid ’em even if you faked your own death and moved to a Luddite-only locale. But in every torrential downpour of cultural stupidity, there exists the wet seeds of something positive. To that end, I think I know how reality TV could help an under-promoted aspect of hockey.
Heavens no, I’m not suggesting the world ought to steel its stomach in preparation for Derek Boogaard: Chaotic, or Who Wants To Marry An NHLer (Then Divorce Him Shortly Thereafter For Having A Small Army Of Floozies On The Down-Low)?
Instead, I’m talking about using reality TV as a rocket booster for the promotion of women’s hockey – particularly in non-Olympic years, when corporate cash and public attention is redirected from elite female players in favor of the same old slavish devotion to the NHL product.
“I think there could be something there,” said Team Canada captain Hayley Wickenheiser when I broached the subject of a reality TV series on the women’s game. “It’d definitely be an interesting way to get some exposure of how hard the players and people behind the scenes work to grow the women’s game.” (Read more...)