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Hayley Wickenheiser- celebrating one of the world’s greatest



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  • As part of our series Celebrating Alberta’s Sports History in partnership with the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, we look back on the phenomenal career of Hayley Wickenheiser.  This video was showcased at her induction ceremony in 2004.

    At the tender age of fifteen, Hayley Wickenheiser made her debut on hockey’s national stage, being chosen for the Canadian Women’s National Team in 1994. At 5’9 and 175 lbs, Hayley is strong and skilled; a natural with a lethal slap shot, and rightfully described as the greatest female hockey player in the world. Since her appointment to the Canadian Women’s National Team, she has led the squad to five gold medals at the Women’s World Hockey Championships, a silver medal at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

    Time and time again, Hayley has proven to be an elite athlete. She has been named the Most Valuable Player at numerous Esso Women’s Hockey Championships and a First Team All-Star in four of her World Championship appearances. She participated in two Philadelphia Flyers’ rookie camps in 1998 and 1999. Throughout her career, Hayley has earned the praise and admiration of players and coaches alike.

    As a member of the Edmonton Chimos and the Calgary Oval X-Treme, both members of the National Women’s Hockey League, Hayley honed her skills to the point where she was ready to compete in the men’s professional ranks. On January 11, 2003, Hayley took an enormous step forward in her on-ice career when she skated into history as the first female hockey player to notch a point in a men’s professional game. Playing in the first of a three-game tryout with the Kirkkonummen Salamat of the Finnish second division, Hayley said her main goal was not to make history, but rather to challenge herself and sharpen her abilities.

    Aside from a phenomenal hockey career, Hayley has mastered a number of sports. As an elite softball player, she participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of Team Canada. No matter what sport she’s playing, Hayley Wickenheiser’s personal motto is “Excellence and Professionalism.”

    Since Induction:

    1998 – Nagano – Silver Medal
    2002 – Salt Lake – Gold Medal
    2006 – Torino – Gold Medal
    2006 – July 2006 the sportsplex in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan was renamed Wickenheiser Place in her honour
    2007 – Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year
    2007 – Bobbie Rosenfeld Award
    2010 – Broderick Trophy as CIS Player of the Year with the University of Calgary Dinos
    2010 – Took the Athletes’ Oath at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games
    2010 – Vancouver – Gold Medal
    2011 – Officer of the Order of Canada in June 2011
    2014 – Elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission at Sochi 2014
    2014 – Canada’s Flag Bearer for 2014 Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremonies

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    The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum provides a family friendly interactive experience. It is located on the QE2 just west of Red Deer.  Be surprised at what you will discover inside. Have fun, laugh, play together and discover famous Alberta sports celebrities. Plan your birthday party, special events or corporate reception in a unique environment.

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    Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Presents the 2019 Class of Inductees



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  • December 3, 2019

    The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame presents their 2019 Inductees; three athletes, three builders, one team and three Award recipients. These ten Albertans will have their legacies in sports preserved and celebrated by all of Alberta for generations to come. The Inductees will become official Honoured Members of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame at the Induction Banquet taking place May 31, 2019.

    The inductees include athletes who are Olympians and World Champions, builders who have dedicated endless hours to develop their sports, a team who knows the meaning of teamwork, and a pioneer who has partaken and watched his sport evolve throughout the decades. The celebration of these inductees is a show of appreciation and acknowledgement to the growth of the sports to which they have contributed and to those they continue to inspire.

    “Today, we recognize those who have inspired us through their accomplishments in sports in Alberta and throughout the world. The Class of 2019 Inductees have demonstrated their dedication, skills and commitment to their sports. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the 2019 Induction Banquet on May 31st in Red Deer.”

    – Donna Hateley, Managing Director, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

    2019 Inductees
    Kreg Llewellyn Water Skiing Athlete
    Mike Rogers Hockey Athlete
    Lyndon Rush Bobsleigh Athlete

    James Donlevy Hockey/Football Builder
    Dorothy Padget Artistic Swimming Builder
    Edward Thresher Wrestling Builder

    Randy Ferbey Curling Team
    Herman Dorin Pioneer Award, Wrestling
    George Stothart Achievement Award, Multisport A/B
    Rob Kerr Bell Memorial Award

    Click for complete bios of all inductees.

    The Induction Banquet

    The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum hosts an annual Induction banquet each year in Red Deer, Alberta. More than 600 people from across the provinces and the United States attend this gala event to honour Alberta’s great athletes, sport builders, pioneers, and media personnel.

    At this prestigious event, several extraordinary Albertans that have made an impact on sport in our province, country, and around the world are honoured. The event not only honours these great Albertans but it recognizes the importance of sport in our lives and communities.

    The next Induction Banquet will be May 31, 2019 at the Sheraton Red Deer. Since it’s inception in 1957, hundreds of Albertans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province.

    About the Alberta Sports hall of Fame

    Since 1957, many outstanding sports people have been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. We honour Albertans who have distinguished themselves in sport and preserve and celebrate Alberta’s rich sports history for all to enjoy.

    Click here for a large selection of stories from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in including video profiles of all of the 2018 Inductees. 

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    Deck the Hall (of Fame) – Free admission for supporting your community this Christmas



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  • From the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

    Deck the Halls – 31 Days of Giving

    November 21 – December 21, 2018

    This year at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum we will be giving back to our community.

    From November 21 to December 21, we have partnered with The Mustard Seed and the Red Deer Food Bank for 31 Days of Giving.

    During this time, bring a donation for either charity and receive free youth admission to the museum. During their visit, guests are encouraged to design either a snowflake or a pair of mittens to Deck the Hall.

    On December 21, all decorations made will be given to The Mustard Seed to decorate for the Holidays.

    *Please Note: This promotion is not applicable for group bookings.

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    wed21nov - 21decAll DayAlberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - Deck the Hall 31 Days of Giving-31 Days of giving(All Day) Event Organized By: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

    sat15dec10:00 am- 4:00 pmParkland Garden Centre Craft and Market Sale10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    sat15dec12:00 pm- 6:00 pmArtisan Market Sale for Nuit Blanche Winter CarnivalArtisan Market12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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