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Hayley Wickenheiser

Ready To Rumble?

Some wondered if Wickenheiser, at five feet, nine inches in height and 170 pounds, could withstand the likely assaults from male players who dwarfed her. Richmond Renegades coach Gord Dineen theorized that Wickenheiser would be happy to prove herself. "I don't think guys would really hold back," he told Eric Duhatschek of the Cincinnati Post. "They're playing for their jobs, too. Plus, being a competitor and knowing what she's done for women's hockey, I don't think she'd want guys holding back either." Even Canada's top female player confessed her doubts about playing in co-ed hockey at the pre-NHL level. She knew the ECHL was a rough arena, and had played against some of its members in the occasional pick-up game. Characterizing it as "a desperate league, full of guys trying to make it," she told the Detroit Free Press the ECHL was "a North American style of hockey and I don't know if it's a style I'm capable of playing." She preferred the European leagues, and her agent was still attempting to find her a spot for her on a German, Austrian, Swiss, or Italian team as a forward. The agent, Wade Arnott, told David Naylor in a report that appeared in the Cincinnati Post that "Europe is still priority No. 1 for Hayley. We believe Europe is the right place for her because it—especially the Italian League—has the right emphasis on skating and skill for her…. [But] we haven't ruled anything out."

Even if Wickenheiser never made it to the NHL, she worked to ensure that a younger generation of female players would have the chance. She promotes hockey for women of all ages, and has even founded her own traveling hockey clinic for girls, the "Wick One-on-One Tour."

Awards and Accomplishments

1991 Member of gold medal team, Canada Winter Games
1991 Most Valuable Player in gold medal game, Canada Winter Games
1994, 1997, 1999-2000 Member of gold medal World Championship team
1996, 2001 Member of gold medal team at Four Nations Cup
1997 National champion with the Edmonton Chimos
1998 National champion with the Calgary Oval X-Treme Team
1998 Member of silver medal team at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, 1998
2002 Member of gold medal team at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002

Career Statistics

Yr Event G A PIM
1994 World Championships 0 1 4
1995 Pacific Rim 3 6 8
1996 Pacific Rim 5 4 12
1997 World Championships 4 5 12
1997 Three Nations Cup 3 5 12
1998 Olympic Games 2 6 4
2002 Pre-Olympic Tour 12 11 16

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