Canadian Women’s Hockey Team | Olympic Gold Medalist | Author
Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. Seven world championships, six Olympic appearances, five Olympic medals — she is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice. In her 23 years as an Olympic athlete, she led her team to four gold medals and one silver medal and at the 2014 Sochi Olympics served as Canada’s official flag bearer. She now sits on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes Commission and is the Vice Chair of the Calgary 2026 Bid Committee. Beyond sport, Hayley is a community leader and an accomplished student and business woman who inspires audiences to give their best in everything they undertake.
As part of the Canadian Women’s National Team since age 15, Hayley has won seven gold and four silver medals at Women’s World Hockey Championships. She made hockey history as the first female player to notch a point in a men’s professional game, and as the first woman in history to have played in/coached at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Haley has been named one of Sports Illustrated Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World; has been twice-named to the “Power 50 in Sports”; was among the QMI Agency’s “Top 10 Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports”; and is a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, Canada’s Top 40 under 40, and Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2011, she was awarded the Order of Canada for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of the women’s game.
Hayley’s passion for sport is paralleled by her desire to give back to the community, particularly to organizations dedicated to supporting youth in sports including Lace ‘Em Up, Jumpstart, KidSport, Project North, and Right to Play. She is also the founder of the world-renown personal and athletic development weekend, The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, which provides mentoring and growth opportunities for young athletes around the world.
Hayley has a Masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary where she is currently studying medicine. She also holds several honourary degrees from institutions across Canada.