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Hayley Wickenheiser has competed at the last four Winter Olympics, winning three gold medals and one silver. She was twice named tournament MVP during those events. ((Bruce Bennett/Getty Images))

Hayley Wickenheiser can add the Order of Canada to her brimming trophy shelf.

The country's top female hockey player was among 50 appointments made by Governor General David Johnston on Thursday. She'll take part in an Order of Canada ceremony at a later date.

The recognitions comes "for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of women's hockey."

Wickenheiser has competed at the last four Winter Olympics, winning three gold medals and one silver. She was twice named tournament MVP during those events.

The native of Shaunavon, Sask., started competing with the national team at age 15 in 1993 and has been a fixture ever since.

Wickenheiser captured the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as The Canadian Press female athlete of the year in 2007 and was named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Hockey" by The Hockey News earlier this year.