Hayley Wickenheiser was born on August 12, 1978, she is currently 38 years old. She was born and raised in Shaunavan, Saskatchewan. Tom and Marilyn Wickenheiser are the parents to Hayley and her two siblings Ross, and Jane. Hayley has a son, Noah, with her ex-partner Tomas Pacina. Hayley is a proud Canadian.
Hayley’s hockey career started when she was 5 years old. Her parents made an outdoor rink for her and her two siblings. When Hayley started playing, hockey was not a girl’s sport, she had to fight for her chance to be able to play with boys, since there were no girl’s teams in the area. Her family moved to Calgary so Hayley could play on an all-girls’ team. In 1998, Hayley was only 15 years old she made the Canadian woman’s national team, and was going to play in the Olympics, and that year was the first year that woman’s hockey was in the Olympics. She has competed in all 5 Olympic Games for hockey. Currently she lives in Calgary with her son Noah, she plays with the Calgary Inferno, and she went to school at the University of Calgary and Simon Fraser University. She has been trying to balance going to medical school to get her degree and playing hockey.
Hayley has gotten her Bachelor of Kinesiology, and she is going to school to get a medical degree. There was not much information regarding her education.
Hayley has competed in five Olympics for women’s hockey, she has won one silver and four gold medals, and at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, she was chosen to be a flag bearer for Team Canada at the opening ceremonies, and was also elected into the International Olympics Committee at the same time. She has been named Most Valuable Player in many tournaments such as the 2002 and 2006 Olympics and many times at the Esso Women’s Hockey Championships. Hayley was the first woman in hockey history to score in a men’s professional game. In 2008, Sports Illustrated name Hayley #20 out of the Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World. She has been a finalist two times for the Women’s Sports Foundation, Team Athlete of the Year. For the second time, she was in the Globe and Mail’s “Power 50” influences in sport. QMI named her one of the top 10 “Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports.” Hayley was honored with being appointed to the Order of Canada along with 49 other remarkable Canadians. She was inducted into the Canada’s Walk of Fame. Hayley also played in the 2000 Summer Olympics with Team Canada for softball. Hayley works with many organizations such as JumpStart, Project North, Ovarian Cancer Canada, Right To Play, KidSport, and many other organizations.
Significance to Canada
Hayley has changed the game of hockey for all females around the world, she is one of the women who has proved that hockey is not only a man’s game, girl’s can also play the aggressive sport just as good as males can if they work hard. She was the first woman ever to score a goal in men’s professional game, she has represented Canada and her home province; Alberta, in many games/tournaments all around the world. Hayley is known as one of the best female hockey players in the world, all her hard work and never ending determination to get better as a player and a person has made her a very respectable woman in the hockey industry.
Reason for choosing Hayley Wickenheiser
When I was a young girl, it was common for girls to play hockey, and I have Hayley and other great female hockey players to thank for that, if not for them, I do not know if I would be playing right now. Every person has a role model, whether it is a singer, athlete, artist, supermodel, or author, mine just happened to be Hayley. I loved the way she played, and her determination to be the best player she could be, I wanted to be just like her, I wanted to play the highest level hockey I could, and knowing that she was playing in a professional men’s league gave me hope that I could go far too.