Hayley Wickenheiser

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Hayley Wickenheiser (born August 12, 1978) is a women's ice hockey player from Canada. She was the first woman to play full time professional hockey in a position other than goalie. Wickenheiser has represented Canada at the Winter Olympics four times, capturing three gold and one silver medal, twice being named tournament MVP. She is widely considered the greatest female ice hockey player in the world.[1][2] Wickenheiser is currently playing for the University of Calgary women's hockey team.

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Hockey career

Minor

Wickenheiser started playing minor hockey on outdoor rinks in her hometown of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan when she was five years old.[3] She played exclusively on boys teams until she was 13.[4] Wickenheiser continued playing minor hockey in Calgary, Alberta after moving there with her family. In 1991, she represented Alberta at the Canada Winter Games. Alberta captured the gold medal in the tournament, with Wickenheiser scoring the game winning goal and being named the Most Valuable Player of the final game.[1][5]

International

At the age of 15 (1994), Wickenheiser was named to Canada's National Women's Team for the first time and has remained a member since. Her first international tournament was the 1994 World Championship, held in Lake Placid, New York. She played three games, and picked up her first international point - an assist, and Canada won gold. Her second World Championship in 1997 also produced a gold medal and she earned a spot on the tournament All-Star team, the first of four such honours (1997, 1999, 2000, 2005). In 1999, Wickenheiser helped Canada to another gold medal and was named tournament MVP. Wickenheiser has six World Championship gold medals (1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2007) and three silver medals (2005, 2008, 2009). She was named to Team Canada in 2001, but was unable to compete due to an injury, and was also on Canada's roster for the 2003 World Championship which was canceled.[6]

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