Hayley Wickenheiser

Hayley Wickenheiser

] In 2008, Wickenheiser signed a one year contract with Eskilstuna Linden, also in the Swedish men's third league.cite web | title = Wickenheiser signs with Swedish men's team | url = http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2008/07/22/wickenheiser-sweden.html | publisher = CBC | date = 2008-07-22 | accessdate = 2008-07-22] [cite web |url=http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/hockey/article2942575.ab |title=Världens bästa spelare till Sverige |accessdate=2008-07-21 |author=TT |date=2008-07-21 |publisher=Aftonbladet |language=Swedish]

Club team play

In 1996, Wickenheiser was named MVP of the Esso National Women's Championship, helping Alberta to a fourth place finish. In 1997 and 1998, Wickenheiser won Nationals with the Edmonton Chimos and Calgary Oval X-Treme respectively. She was named tournament MVP both years. Between 1999 and 2001, Wickenheiser continued to play for her club teams at the Esso Women's National Championships, winning a gold medal and two silvers. She played 2004-05 with the Calgary Oval X-Treme, in the inaugural season of the Western Women's Hockey League. The X-Treme were league champions. Wickenheiser was the regular season leading scorer and named to the league's all-star team. She also played for Alberta at the Esso National Championships, where they won gold. She led the tournament in scoring and was named MVP.

oftball and fastball career

In addition to playing hockey, Wickenheiser has been playing softball since her childhood as well. On June 24, 2000, she was named to the Canadian softball team for the 2000 Summer Olympics.cite web|url=http://www.caaws.ca/olympics/2000/softball/softball_jun25.htm|title=Women's Olympic Softball Team Named, Hayley Wickenheiser is in | date = 2000-06-24 | accessdate = 2008-06-13 | publisher = Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity] cite web|url=http://www.canoe.ca/2000GamesBiosN2Z/wickenheiser.html |title=Softball: Hayley Wickenheiser | accessdate = 2008-06-13 | publisher = Canoe.ca] This was the culmination of a long ball career. In 1994, she participated Canadian Midget Nationals where she was named All-Canadian Shortstop and Top Batter. In 1995, Wickenheiser was a member of Team Canada at the World Junior Fastball Championships, held in Normal, Illinois. Canada finished fifth at this event. In 1997, Wickenheiser participated at Midget Nationals with the Silver Springs 76ers. Her team finished second and Wickenheiser was again named All Star Shortstop and Top Batter. In 1999 she participated at Senior Nationals, where her team finished fourth. After the Olympics in 2000, where Canada only won a single game, Wickenheiser has not been as active in softball. For the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, Wickenheiser worked for CBC Sports and served as a color commentator during of softball games along side Jim Van Horne.

Personal life

Wickenheiser was born in Shaunavon in 1978. She lived there with her family until she was 12 years old, when they moved to Calgary.cite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/events/1998/nagano/medals/predictions/hockey.html|title=CNN/SI: Hayley Wickenheiser | accessdate = 2008-06-13 | publisher = CNN/SI] She has a brother named Ross and a sister named Jane. Wickenheiser lives in Calgary, AB with her boyfriend Tomas Pacina and their son, Noah.

In 2004, Wickenheiser was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Nipissing University. In July 2006, Wickenheiser was honoured by her hometown of Shaunavon when the sportsplex there was renamed 'Wickenheiser Place.'

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NAME = Wickenheiser, Hayley
DATE OF BIRTH = August 12, 1978
PLACE OF BIRTH = Shaunavon, SK, CA

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