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Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser

Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist;
Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Bio

Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser is considered one of the best female hockey players in the world. Seven world championships, six Olympic appearances, five Olympic medals — she is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice. Today, Wickenheiser is the assistant general manager of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as a community leader, medical doctor, and businesswoman who inspires audiences to give their best in everything they do.

A first-ballot Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Wickenheiser’s hockey IQ is highly respected in both the male and female game. She made hockey history as the first female player to notch a point in a men’s professional game. She was also the first woman in history to have played in/coached at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wickenheiser joined the Leafs as assistant director of player development in 2018 before being promoted to assistant general manager in 2022.

Wickenheiser’s ascent to the top of her sport started in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan where at age 15 she became 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 at the 2000 Games. In 2014, Wickenheiser was Canada’s official flag bearer at the Sochi Olympics and served on the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.

In 2017, Wickenheiser announced her retirement from the National Women’s Team. In addition to her work with the Leafs, she is now a resident medical doctor in family medicine — a pursuit she has dreamt of her whole life. She is also a bestselling author having released her first book Over the Board: Lessons from the Ice in 2021.

Wickenheiser has earned many accolades throughout her career, including being named on Sports Illustrated’s “Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World” and twice named to their “Power 50 in Sports” list. She is also one of QMI Agency’s “Top 10 Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports”, a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40”, and an inductee in both Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2014, Wickenheiser was awarded Canada’s highest honour when she was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of her athletic achievements and contributions to the growth of women’s hockey.

Wickenheiser’s passion for sport is paralleled by her desire to give back to the community through her work with dozens of philanthropic organizations, including Lace ‘Em Up, Jumpstart, KidSport, Project North, and Right to Play — organizations dedicated to ensuring kids of all financial and cultural backgrounds can play sports. She is also the founder of the world-renowned personal and athletic development weekend, The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, which provides mentoring and growth opportunities for young athletes around the world.

Wickenheiser holds several honourary degrees from institutions across Canada, as well as a Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, where she also studied medicine.

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Keynote Presentations:

Buck It!
Hayley’s most recent program 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.

Health, Wealth and Wondering (in Sport and Life)
With a Masters in Kiniesology (with a focus working with young adults with autism and engaging their brains through physical activity), currently attending Medical School 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.

Being a Female In The Male Dominated World of Hockey
Hayely Wickenheiser speaks on what it was like to grow up playing with the boys and later playing men's professional hockey overseas.

Teamwork and Success
What does a successful team need and how did Team Canada succeed on the World Stage?

Change as a Path to Greatness
Wickenheiser shares with her audience the importance of always looking for improvements/change within your life.

It's Foolish To Be Normal!
Success comes from going above - and beyond - what others normally do.

How To Stay Motivated Despite Being At The Top of What You Do
Complacency kills! Hayley Wickenheiser offers advice on how to keep the desire alive!

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

Dealing With Criticism and Pressure - How to Perform When It Matters Most
Inspiration for the next generation of athletes and sports in Canada to perform even better!

Customized Messages
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.

Hayley Wickenheiser is represented by K&M Productions. For more information,* fees, Hayley Wickenheiser's speaking schedule & booking Hayley Wickenheiser, contact us. * Fee range indicated is for live events within Canada. Contact us for pricing on virtual events.

What Clients are Saying

Hayley was fantastic! The audience thoroughly enjoyed her session. She was so engaging, authentic, and generous with her time. It was an incredible start to our event. Please extend our sincere appreciation to Hayley…it was a privilege to meet her and share that time with her. Thanks for making this connection on our behalf.

–Fortis Inc. (2022)

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Hayley was fantastic! The audience thoroughly enjoyed her session. She was so engaging, authentic, and generous with her time. It was an incredible start to our event. Please extend our sincere appreciation to Hayley…it was a privilege to meet her and share that time with her. Thanks for making this connection on our behalf.

–Fortis Inc. (2022)

Thanks again for helping us out last night. You rocked it. Feedback has been amazing as 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 and people liked the picture op with you and the medals. Once again, thank you!

–KPMG

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