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A four-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time Olympic MVP, and Hockey Hall of Famer, Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser has made her mark on the world stage as one of the best hockey players ever. Sports Illustrated named her one of their Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World, and wrote that “no player in women’s hockey drives to the net with such purpose and fury.” Now, having retired as the country’s all-time leading scorer, she serves as assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and continues to mentor younger athletes. In talks, she shows audiences how to thrive in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment, and how to challenge the status quo to ensure everyone has an equal chance to succeed.
“Hayley Wickenheiser is an incredible human being. This is what a billion hours of hard work looks like.”
A titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice, Hayley Wickenheiser has won five Olympic medals—a silver from the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and four gold medals won in consecutive Olympic Games, including one at home in Vancouver and one in the Sochi Winter Olympics. She led her squad to six gold and three silver medals at the Women’s World Hockey Championships. She was inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame, dubbed one of Sports Illustrated‘s “Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World,” and was appointed to the Order of Canada “for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of women’s hockey.”
Hayley retired as the country’s all-time leading scorer after 23 years on the Canadian women’s team and almost a dozen Olympic and World Championship medals. As a medical doctor and community leader, she now works to provide mentoring opportunities for young athletes, including founding the annual Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival. She is also the national bestselling author of Over the Boards: a funny, hopeful, and practical memoir on her path to stardom. Daily Hive called it “an absolute must read sports memoir.”
Hayley was also the first female player in the world to score a point in a men’s professional game while playing in Finland, and she is the first woman in history to have either played in or coached four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. She now works as the assistant general manager of the Leafs (as only the fourth woman to be named an assistant GM in NHL history).
Hayley’s passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to children: such as KidSport, Right To Play, Dreams Take Flight, Clean Air Champions, and Spread The Net.
You rocked it. People in attendance were completely impressed by your stories and also commented about being inspired and motivated from hearing you speak. I even caught glimpses of a few tears in the room at certain points of your talk. We also received high praise for your approachability. Once again, thank you!KPMG
She was the perfect complement and opening to our event. Tying in with our 100th anniversary celebration, she hit all the right notes in terms of meeting challenges to come, and came with lots of stories, insights, and humour. She really took time to connect with our delegates.GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Hayley was wonderful to work with and was the best imaginable close for our conference. She did such an excellent job of weaving our theme (The Science of Success) in with her Olympic experience, and graciously signed cards and took pictures with our attendees.AB TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
In this breathtaking talk, championship hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser details her journey to the world’s most elite athletic event: The Olympics. What was it like to compete with the world watching? How does a successful team come together under pressure? And how can you stoke the competitive fire in you—even when you feel like giving up?
Candid, inspirational, and refreshingly honest, Hayley offers a behind-the-scenes look at the intensity, determination, and teamwork that propelled her to become one of the best hockey players in the world.
Hockey has notoriously been a boys’ club, but that didn’t stop Hayley Wickenheiser from fiercely pursuing the sport and rising to the top. She even played for the Finnish men’s league, and became the first female player in history to score a point on a men’s team. After retiring from professional hockey, she became the Assistant Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs—once again becoming the first woman to hold the position with the franchise. Today, as assistant general manager of the Leafs, she is the fourth woman to be named to that position in NHL history.
In this motivational talk, Hayley reveals what it’s like being a woman in a male-dominated sport, and shows us how to go after what we want (and help others succeed along the way), even when the odds are stacked against us.