Honorary Colonel Hayley Wickenheiser

Biography / January 31, 2019

Ms. Hayley Wickenheiser was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake, AB in June 2018.

Honorary Colonel Hayley Wickenheiser is an ice hockey legend (Seven World Championships and Four Olympic Gold Medals) and an inspirational leader both on and off the ice.

Considered one of the best female players in the game, Honorary Colonel Wickenheiser joined the Canadian National Women’s Team at just 15 years old and had a career spanning 23 years, retiring in 2017 to begin her pursuit of a career in medicine. She is also still holds the record for the most assists, points and goals for the Canadian Women’s National team.

Honorary Colonel Wickenheiser’s passion for sport is equally matched by her desire to give back to the community through her work with dozens of philanthropic organizations including Lace ‘Em Up, Jumpstart, KidSport and Project North and Right to Play - all organizations dedicated to ensuring kids of all financial and cultural backgrounds can play sports.

In 2011, Honorary Colonel Wickenheiser was awarded Canada’s highest honour when she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of the women’s game.

Honorary Colonel Wickenheiser is currently studying Medicine at the University of Calgary. She spends much of her spare time with her family and training in the mountains.

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