National Treasure #85: Hayley Wickenheiser

Old #22 is retiring.

Well, she’s not that old: only 38.  But in hockey years, that’s old.

Born in Shaunavon, SK, she was a member of Canada’s women’s national ice hockey team for 23 years.  She won five Olympic medals (four gold, one silver) and participated in a sixth Olympics in softball.

Some say she’s the best-ever female hockey player. She played in both a men’s and women’s professional league.

She just retired.  After all, she needs to get going on that medical career.  I wonder whether she’ll change that the way she changed hockey.

Sportsnet: What do you want people to think of when they think of your career and what you’ve done for the game?

Hayley: It’s a tough question to answer, I guess. What I’d want people to think about is that I truly love the game. I loved to play for Canada and represent the country, and I hope that my impact makes it easier for little girls now to play the game. And that they’ll have a chance to love it the way I did.
Sportsnet interview after retirement announcement

 

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4 Responses to National Treasure #85: Hayley Wickenheiser

  1. Jim Robertson

    Excellent choice as a Canadian Treasure

  2. Judith Umbach

    Hooray Hayley!