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Hayley Wickenheiser

Best Female Hockey Player in the World - Four-time Olympic medalist

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Hayley Wickenheiser: Best Female Hockey Player in the World - Four-time Olympic medalist

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Four-time Olympic medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. However, it’s not just her lethal slapshot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers; Hayley Wickenheiser is also an award winner, community leader, mentor, history-maker and an accomplished businesswoman.

It all started at age 15 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan when Hayley Wickenheiser was chosen for the Canadian Women’s National Team. She has since led the squad to six gold and one silver medal at the Women’s World Hockey Championships. As an Olympian, she earned a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and three Olympic gold medals in 2002, 2006 and most recently at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Accompanying all that hardware, Hayley was also named the tournaments' most valuable player in the 2002 and 2006 victorious Olympic runs as well as in numerous Esso Women’s Hockey Championships.

Hayley Wickenheiser has proven to be an elite athlete time and time again. Sports Illustrated recently named her number 20 of the Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World. She is also a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year and was recently named, for the second time, among the Globe and Mail’s “Power 50” influencers in sport. Most recently, QMI Agency name Hayley among the top 10 “Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports.”

In January 2003, Hayley Wickenheiser made hockey history when she became the first female hockey player to notch a point in a men’s professional game with the Kirkkonummen Salamat of the Finnish second division. Wickenheiser also played in Eskilstuna, Sweden with a men’s professional division-one hockey team for the 08-09 season.

Along with hockey, Wickenheiser has mastered a number of sports. An elite softball player, she participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of Team Canada and worked as a Softball Analyst with CBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Hayley's passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to youth such as KidSport, Right To Play, Dreams Take Flight, Clean Air Champions and Spread The Net. In May 2007, Hayley traveled to Rwanda with a team of Canadian Olympic athletes for Right to Play, an athlete-driven humanitarian organization and she will head back to Africa in 2011.

Putting her pursuit of a BSc at the University of Calgary to good use, Hayley has led numerous projects with the goal of raising the profile of women’s hockey around the world. She is constantly working to provide mentoring opportunities for young athletes and is currently planning the third year of the Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival in Burnaby, BC in November 2012.

Hayley is also an engaging storyteller who enjoys connecting with Canadians. Hayley uses her experiences on the rink to motivate young players, shares how she overcame obstacles with her team to inspire audiences, and uplifts people of all walks of life with her passion and love of the game.

Hayley delivers inspiring keynote speeches relaying stories from her five Olympic games for charity, school, and corporate events.

In the summer of 2011 she received Canada’s highest civilian honour and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Being a Female In the a Male Dominated World
Wickenheiser explains what it was like to grow up playing with the boys and later playing men's professional hockey overseas.

Teamwork and Success
What does a successful team need and how did Team Canada succeed on the World Stage?

Change  as a Path to Greatness
Wickenheiser shares with her audience the importance of always look for improvements/change within your life.

It's Foolish To Be Normal!
Success comes from going above - and beyond - what others normally do.

How To Stay Motivated Despite Being At The Top of What You Do
Complacency kills! Wickenheiser offers advice on how to keep the desire alive.

The Olympic Experience
What is it like to compete in both a summer and winter Olympics?

Balance of Family/Kids With Competitive Sport
Wickenheiser explains why family support matters and prioritizing matters even more!

Dealing With Criticism and Pressure - How to Perform When It Matters Most

Inspiration for the next generation of athletes and sports in Canada to perform even better.

Customized Messages
Hayley has been public speaking for many years and can easily customize one of her existing messages to fit your event or project theme
“Thanks again for helping us out last night. You rocked it. Feedback has been amazing as people in attendance were completely impressed by your stories and also commented about being inspired and motivated from hearing you speak. I even caught glimpses of a few tears in the room as well at certain points of your talk. We also received high praise for your approachability and people liked the picture op with you and the medals. Once again, thank you!" 
Kevin Morihira, KPMG
Canadian Tire
Farm Credit Corporation
Clean Air Champions
Red Flag
Canadian Homebuilders Association - Calgary Chapter
Hockey Hall of Fame.