Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. As a decorated Olympian, she has led her team to four gold and one silver medal as well as being named the tournaments’ most valuable player in both 2002 and 2006. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Hayley was selected to be the flag bearer for the Canadian Olympic team in the Opening Ceremonies, and it was announced that she had been elected to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes Commission.
In addition, Sports Illustrated named Hayley one of the “Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World”; she is a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year; was twice-named among The Globe and Mail’s “Power 50” influencers in sport; and named among QMI Agency’s Top 10 “Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports”. And, in 2011, Hayley was also appointed to the Order of Canada.