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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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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: Mike Rogers, Hockey Athlete

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Mike Rogers played professional hockey for a total of 12 years; five years in the World Hockey Association, then seven years in the National Hockey League. Mike has the distinction of being one of only four players in the NHL to achieve 100 points in their first three seasons – the others are Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny. Mike’s first year in the NHL was with the expansion Harford Whalers team in 1979/80. He scored 105 points in both his first and second year. Mid-way through the 1980/81season, he was named captain. Mike joined the New York Rangers for the 1981/82 season and led the team with 103 points. He averaged 67 points in his next three seasons as the team adapted a more defensive style of play. In 484 regular-season NHL games, he had 519 points. In 1974/75, during Mike’s first year in the WHA, he led the Edmonton Oilers rookies in goals and points and was selected the WHA’s Most Gentlemanly Player. He was traded to the New England Whalers in 1975/76 and was their top scorer in 1978/79. In 396 WHA games, he scored 145 goals and had 222 assists for 367 points.

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019: James Donlevy, Football & Hockey Builder

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‘Jim’ Donlevy devoted his professional career to more than 50 years of coaching, teaching and administrative leadership. His career in football began in 1954 coaching Bantam and High School Football teams. He joined the Edmonton Huskies from 1961 to 1963 and won two Canadian titles. At the University of Alberta, he led the Golden Bears to four National Championship games and brought home the Vanier Cup in 1972 and 1980. He had the most wins of any Golden Bears football coach with 89 wins, 69 losses and 3 ties. From 1993 to 2015, Jim was the Western Hockey League’s Education Consultant. He built a formal education and scholarship program for the student athletes playing in the league. It is now considered one of the most comprehensive education programs for hockey in the world today.

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