Hayley Wickenheiser

Olympic Gold Medalist, Medical Doctor, Author, and Senior Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Seven World Championships; Six Olympic appearances; Five Olympic medals; Four Olympic Gold medals, and now Medical Doctor and NHL leader – Hayley Wickenheiser is a titan of sport both on and off the ice.

A first-ballot Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Hayley’s hockey IQ is highly-respected in both the male and female game. Hayley Wickenheiser has played in, or coached at, four NHL development camps the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs – having accepted a permanent full-time role of Senior Director of Player development for the Leafs in 2020.

Alongside Hayley Wickenheiser’s career in the NHL, Hayley is currently a resident medical doctor practicing in the Toronto-area – a pursuit Hayley Wickenheiser had dreamt of her whole life and began in 2017 following her retirement from her 23 years on the National Women’s Team.

Prior to her retirement from hockey, Hayley Wickenheiser was the first in the world to notch a point in a men’s professional game while playing in Finland and held the record for the most assists, points and goals for the Canadian Women’s National team.

Hayley’s ascent to the top of the sport started in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan when at age 15 she was the youngest member chosen for the Canadian Women’s National team. Her Olympic career spanned 23 years, five Olympic medals and two sports, as she also competed in softball in Sydney 2000. In 2014 she was Canada’s official flag bearer and she served on the IOC Athletes Commission.

She has many accolades including being 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”; is a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame; Canada’s Top 40 under 40; Canada Sports Hall of Fame; Canada’s Walk of Fame; and in 2014 she was awarded Canada’s highest honour when she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her achievements as an athlete for her contributions to the growth of the women’s game.

Hayley’s passion for sport is equally matched by her desire to give back to the community through her work with dozens of philanthropic organizations including Lace ‘Em Up, Jumpstart, KidSport and Right to Play – all organizations dedicated to ensuring kids of all financial and cultural backgrounds can play sports. 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 from around the world.

Hayley holds several honourary degrees from institutions across Canada, a Masters in Kiniesology and is a Medical Doctor currently in a Family Medicine residency while maintaining a position as the Senior Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Hayley’s most recent theme encourages the audience to look for opportunities to buck the status quo when doing so means doing the “right” thing vs. following a herd mentality…. right off a cliff.

A doctor in residence and years of working with the most advanced medical technologies and medical minds in her on-ice career, Hayley offers a unique perspective of the ins and outs of the sports and medicine field and how they entwine, for better and for worse. She also addresses mental health in this session, speaking about her own experiences and that of those she loves.

Hayely Wickenheiser speaks on what it was like to grow up playing with the boys and later playing men's professional hockey overseas, and then working with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

What does a successful team need and how did Team Canada succeed on the World Stage? What are the barriers and mountains that Hayley overcome to put woman's hockey on the map worldwide? It takes leadership, persistence, hard work, and determination to achieve excellence. However a person can never do this alone.  It also takes teamwork, team unity and "buy in" to a common goal.

It is all within our grasp, no matter what profession, what industry, what calling we have chosen. Let Hayley show you the way with her dynamic, and compelling presentation on the subject of leadership and/or teamwork.

Wickenheiser shares with her audience the importance of always looking for improvements/change within your life.

Success comes from going above - and beyond - what others normally do.

Complacency kills! Hayley Wickenheiser offers advice on how to keep the desire alive!

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

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

Hayley Wickenheiser has been public speaking for many years and can easily customize one of her existing messages to fit your event or project theme.

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Hayley Wickenheiser: Born to Play by Elizabeth Etue

The first woman to play professional hockey, Hayley Wickenheiser took up the sport in her family's backyard rink in a small Saskatchewan town at the age of three. With impressive skills, great speed, and enormous drive, she played in boys' hockey leagues as a youngster; in her teens, she moved to national women's teams, including the Canadian Olympic hockey teams that won the silver medal in Nagano and the gold in Salt Lake City. In 2003, Wickenheiser played professional hockey in a men's league in Finland. Fully illustrated with clear, colorful photos of Wickenheiser in action as well as posed shots off the ice, this appealing, large-format paperback offers a look at one woman's career in a "man's" sport and shows the drive that propelled her to the top. Though readers will learn little of her personal life, girls who want to play hockey will find plenty of inspiration and encouragement here

Over the Boards: Lessons from the Ice

The greatest women’s hockey player of all time, Hayley Wickenheiser shares the lessons that won her four Olympic gold medals, and hard-earned wisdom distilled from moments when she fell short. 13 World Championship appearances. 6 Olympic Games. Hockey Hall of Famer. All while raising a child, earning multiple university degrees, and not benefiting from the financial stability male professional athletes have. She gave the game everything she had—now, Hayley shares what the game gave her.

Gold Medal Diary: Inside the World's Greatest Sports Event

In Gold Medal Diary, Hayley Wickenheiser, three-time Olympic gold medal winner and captain of the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team, reveals her day-to-day experiences of the 2010 Games, including the six-month lead-up of intensive training and pre-Olympic tournaments. She shares the life of an Olympian — the behind-the-scenes stories, the highs and lows, physical and emotional challenges, struggles and triumphs of an elite athlete in a hyper-intense environment, including details of the public ceremonies and private moments, friendships and rivalries, community and isolation, media presence and security. For the first time ever, readers travel inside the storied Athletes’ Village and understand what it’s like to live through the most high-pressure, high-profile sporting event in the world.

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