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Hayley Wickenheiser, 15, on her hockey future

Throughout history, "ladies" were discouraged from participating in team sports because it was thought competition would lead to "manly" behaviours. But thanks to pioneering athletes such as Bobbie Rosenfeld, Nancy Greene and Hayley Wickenheiser, young women now have the freedom to participate and excel in any sport — be it track, skiing or hockey. These women not only excelled in their chosen fields but were instrumental in shattering stereotypes of the female athlete.

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She's been described as the best woman hockey player on the planet. Dubbed the "female Wayne Gretzky," Hayley Wickenheiser makes history becoming the first woman ever to register a point in a men's pro hockey game in 2003. The 24-year-old forward scores a goal and sets up two assists while playing in the Finnish League for the Salamat team.

It's a feat Wickenheiser herself had a hard time imagining back in 1994. Then the 15-year-old rising hockey star tells CBC Midday how it would be "pretty tough" to break into professional hockey because she wouldn't be able to compete physically with the men. She also talks about being the youngest player to make the women's national hockey team.
• Hayley Wickenheiser was born in August 12, 1978, in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. She started playing hockey when she was five.

• Wickenheiser has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympics: she was a member of Canada's national softball team at the 2000 Sydney Games.

• Wickenheiser helped Canada win gold at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and was named Canada's flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: April 6, 1994
Guest(s): Hayley Wickenheiser
Host: Kevin Newman, Tina Srebotnjak
Duration: 6:03

Last updated: January 27, 2014

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