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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

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame provides a family-friendly, interactive experience. You will be surprised by what you discover inside! Have fun, laugh, play and discover Alberta sports heroes together. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta's sporting history.Our over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space includes a multisport area with virtual baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer; an adaptive sports area, including a 200 meter wheelchair challenge; a Treadwall climbing wall; the Orest Korbutt Theatre; the Hall of Fame Gallery; an art gallery displaying works by provincial artists, and much more.Our venue boasts a collection of over 17,000 artefacts of Alberta sports history and showcases many of these items in a number of displays.The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame also offers an education program, group activities, and a unique environment to rent for your birthday party, special event, corporate reception or meetings.

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THE HALFTIME REPORT News from the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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Message from the Hall

We’re so excited, Alberta. Every day that goes by brings us one step closer to reopening. But be assured that safety will be priority number one when we can finally reopen. Keep checking our social media feeds and website for updates on our reopening plans. We can’t wait to share all of the changes with you.

This newsletter is sponsored by Premier Building Solutions

Future Events

Currently On Hold

As per the current Covid -19 Guidelines, all in-person events are on hold – be sure to check back here once restrictions are lifted for a list of exciting events happening at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

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New WHL Award named in recognition of Honoured Member Bob Ridley

Medicine Hat, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced March 1st the Bob Ridley Award for Media Excellence, a new WHL Award which will be presented annually to a distinguished member of the radio, television, and print journalism industry in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sports journalism and the WHL.
Original WHL Article:
http://https://whl.ca/article/western-hockey-league-unveils-bob-ridley-award-for-media-excellence

Provincial Sport Organization of the Month: Baseball Alberta

Baseball Alberta had its birth in the early 1900s, known at that time as the Alberta Amateur Baseball Association. For much of the early 1900s, the Alberta Amateur Baseball Association focused solely on Junior and Senior levels as they oversaw the leagues and Provincial Playoffs.

By 1964, the Alberta Amateur Baseball Association began organizing baseball in the province at all levels from Pee-Wee to Senior. The Provincial Government saw the need to provide travel funds for teams travelling to Westerns and Nationals in 1970. Very quickly baseball began taking off, as in 1971 there were already 104 communities involved with 539 teams registered.

In 1986 the Alberta Baseball Association adopted the name Baseball Alberta as its working name of choice. Today, Baseball Alberta is a leader in developing and promoting baseball on the Local, Provincial and National scene.

Baseball Alberta has been a National leader in developing items such as the Canadian Rule Book, the first National Baseball Week, Baseball Canada Pitch Counts, Girls/Women’s Baseball, the NUCP and NCCP, the Respect in Sport initiative, the Rally Cap and Grand Slam Programs.

There are now close to 100 associations registered with Baseball Alberta from all parts of the province and has over 15,000 players registered and playing baseball.  Baseball Alberta prides itself on providing the opportunity for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to participate in the game of baseball.

This Month in Alberta Sports History

On March 3, 2019, the 27th Canada Winter Games wrapped up following an incredible two-week run in Red Deer. Approximately 2,400 athletes representing all ten of Canada’s provinces and all three territories took part in the event, which began on February 15. Team Quebec finished on top of the podium with 146 total medals, with Team Alberta in second with 100 total medals, and Team British Columbia in third with 87 total medals. Away from the sporting venues, the Games also featured a rich arts and cultural festival.

Artifact of the Month

Artefact: Silver Chalice Trophy
Accession #: 2001.15.08
Year: 1940s-1950s
Description:
The Alexandra Hotel Trophy was awarded to athletes competing in the Calgary Ladies Fastball annual championship between 1945 and 1956. Across the wooden base, there are seven small plaques with the names of the winning teams and the year of the championship. This trophy is made from silver and is shaped in the traditional ‘chalice’ style. Cup-style trophies began to appear at sporting events as early as the late 1600s. Since then, trophy style has changed considerably; with various shapes and designs found in modern trophies. The classic chalice-style, however, has remained one of the more popular choices in marking victory.

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When Sports Stopped – Timely new exhibit at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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New feature exhibit examines “When Sports Stopped.”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic Albertans have been adapting to one change after another with little idea when things will return to “normal”. We are living through a historic time. It began with the closing of museums, schools and daycares – forcing families to stay home and employers to accommodate employees working from home. Soon after we saw the closure of businesses and non-essential stores – once more pushing us to stay home and stay safe. Then came the cancellation of sports – from minor leagues where our children competed, to the profeissional leagues suspending play. This was a shock to our systems as we were gearing up for NHL and NBA playoffs and MLB pre-season games.

“I was just about to return to work from my maternity leave when COVID struck and sports stopped. It made me stop and think about what other global events have caused sports to stop? If I was asking these questions then so were many other people.” Comments Breanna Suk, Collections and Exhibit Coordinator. “I came back to work in May with this exhibit already forming in my mind. It got pushed back as we had bigger priorities when I first returned, so seeing it all come together seven months later is a great feeling.”

This new exhibition examines the effects of global events from the Spanish Flu through both World Wars and right up to COVID had on sports. It may seem likely that the postponement of the Utah Jazz – Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game just minutes before tip-off due to Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID test and the subsequent suspension of many professional leagues was a new occurrence. This exhibit highlights multiple past occurrences where international events have brought a stop to sports.

This exhibition is expected to be on display in the museum’s main gallery starting November 20, 2020. Be sure to stop in and see it for yourself.

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