She is a front-line star – for so long as a brilliant athlete and now in the field of medicine. Hayley Wickenheiser made her No. 22 famous for Team Canada’s Women’s National Hockey Team from the time she was 15 in 1994 until her retirement in 2017 when she headed to medical school.
A six-time Olympian (five times in hockey and once in softball), she captured four hockey Gold and one Silver medals, completing her career as the all-time women’s Olympics leader with 18 goals and 51 points. Wickenheiser’s Olympics magic concluded with a fourth consecutive Gold Medal in 2014 where she was Canada’s flagbearer in the Opening Ceremony at Sochi. In 13 World Hockey Championships, Wickenheiser compiled seven Golds and six Silvers. She was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019. Along with medical studies and work in emergency rooms, Wickenheiser added Assistant Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs to her relentless workload in 2018. Her remarkable dedication has seen her join countless other front-line heroes over the past year in the exhaustive battle against COVID-19. Of that daunting experience she told Best Health Magazine in March 2021: “I’ve seen amazing examples of caring and compassion, people going above and beyond. I get all emotional when I talk about it. It’s what I’ll never forget.” And unforgettable is a great way to describe Hayley Wickenheiser.