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Guest Hayley Wickenheiser

Whenever Team Canada plays in a big hockey game it feels like the country gets smaller as we all come together: think ’72 Russia, ’87 Canada Cup and the 2010 Women’s Gold Medal game. It’s a phenomenon built, in part, on the grit and the determination of players like Hayley Wickenheiser: the most-decorated female athlete to ever play the game.

Four Olympic medals (three of them gold). More goals, assists and penalty minutes than any woman in the international game. Hayley grew up in in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. She learned her trade, like many of the greats on a backyard rink and was just 15 when she joined the national team. She would go on to make history: the first woman to notch a point in a men’s professional game, and now Wickenheiser will lead the Canadians into the Opening Ceremonies at Sochi as our official flag-bearer. She faces a tough task at these Winter Games: a tournament in which bitter rivals Team USA — not Team Canada — are favoured to take home the gold.

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