Hockey Hall of Fame 2019: Trailblazer Hayley Wickenheiser built a career that revolutionized the game

first_imgGrowing up, the Shaunavon, Sask. native played mainly on boys’ teams until she was 13. At just 15 years old, she joined Canada’s National Women’s Team and won her first international title in 1994 at the World Championship. Wickenheiser also won gold at the World Championship in 1997 and 1999; she was placed on both tournaments’ All-Star teams and named the 1999 IIHF World Championship MVP.Set to be the seventh woman to enter the hall of fame as a player, Wickenheiser’s first significant stride made for the sport came in 1998. After leading Hockey Canada to a silver medal as the tournament MVP at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan — the first Olympics women’s hockey competed in — she attended Philadelphia Flyers rookie camp later that year, and again in 1999.2019 HHOF class: Carbonneau | Nedomansky | Zubov | Rutherford | York | Brown | HughsonWickenheiser went on to represent Canada again at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she scored seven goals and 10 points in five games to lead the team to its first gold medal.The following season she made history; after an Italian men’s league denied her the opportunity to play due to her gender, Wickenheiser instead joined HC Salamat, a third-division men’s team in Finland. With the club, she became the first woman to play professional hockey in a non-goaltending role (remember, Manon Rheaume?) on a men’s team and registered 10 assists in 23 games. According to The Ice Garden, Wickenheiser led the team in faceoff percentage and became the first woman to record a point in a professional men’s hockey game.Hayley Wickenheiser celebrates her first point (& first point by woman) in pro men’s league with Salamat teammates. pic.twitter.com/05jSqdUalE— Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) March 8, 2016Wickenheiser returned to North America for the 2004-05 season and joined the Western Women’s Hockey League’s Calgary Oval X-Treme. She impressed right away with a historic performance, posting 22 goals and 58 points in 18 games. In 51 career games with Calgary, she registered 68 goals and 155 points.It seemed as if nothing could slow Wickenheiser down. She took home another Olympic gold medal in 2006 along with three more world championships with Canada and earned the team’s captaincy in 2007. When the 2008-09 season rolled around, she went back overseas to play men’s third division in Sweden with HC Linden, and she won an Olympic gold medal at the Vancouver games in 2010.For 2010-11, Wickenheiser joined the University of Calgary’s women’s team that competed in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) league. She chose to play there because of the Calgary Dinos’ work ethic — they practiced every day — and because she was working toward her kinesiology degree. During Wickenheiser’s freshman year with the team, she racked up 17 goals and 40 points in 15 games. She ended her college career in 2015 with 134 points in 68 CIS games — and won three more world championships with Canada in that time period. At the 2014 Sochi Games, she not only led Canada to gold again, but she did so with a broken foot, telling reporters after the fact that her left foot had been broken “for about a year” and that it didn’t hurt to skate on.Education gives you wings – Honorary Degree Recipient and five-time Olympic medallist Hayley Wickenheiser #ucalgarygrad @wick_22 pic.twitter.com/rDqFeSlnOO— U Calgary (@UCalgary) June 7, 2018After graduating, Wickenheiser suited up for two more seasons of professional hockey, playing with the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Calgary Inferno. In 2015-16, she had 19 points in 15 games in her rookie year and led Canada to yet another world championship title. It’s hard to find a hockey fan who doesn’t know the name, Hayley Wickenheiser — especially in Canada. After years of defying the odds and dominating the women’s world championships and the Olympics alike, “Wick” went from a kid playing on outdoor rinks in her hometown to one of the greatest hockey players of all time.Now, she enters the Hockey Hall of Fame as someone who has revolutionized the game and advanced women’s hockey along the way. On Jan. 13, 2017, she retired from professional hockey, finishing as Hockey Canada’s all-time women’s scoring leader with 168 goals and 211 assists in 276 games. Over the course of her career, she won a total of four Olympic gold medals, one silver medal and seven world championship titles with Canada.When her on-ice career ended, Wickenheiser shifted her attention to medical school — which is where she was when the Hall tried to call her about her induction. But Wickenheiser hast not stepped away from the game entirely in retirement, joining the Toronto Maple Leafs front office as the assistant director of player development in 2018, becoming the first woman to hold the position in team history.Auston Matthews is back on the ice ahead of #Leafs practice today. Darryl Belfry, Hayley Wickenheiser and therapist Jon Geller out there with him. Some shooting involved in today’s drills. pic.twitter.com/b7zZwUa8DN— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 5, 2018On Feb. 6, she was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame, becoming just the ninth woman in history ever inducted. Now, on Nov. 18, she’ll go down as a Hall of Famer yet again.last_img read more

Region 10 residents to access decentralised passport services

first_img… service to begin in 1 monthThe crowds of citizens that gather on a daily basis at the Georgetown passport office may be reduced, as residents of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) will soon be able to renew their passports without travelling to the capital city.Minister of Citizenship Winston FelixThese measures were announced by Citizenship Minister Winston Felix during a “Meet the Public Day” event at the McKenzie Sports Club ground in Linden on Saturday. According to the Government Information Agency (GINA), residents will be able to access the services from sometime in August. This announcement comes on the backdrop of part of a plan to “decentralise passport related services” in the country.“The Department of Citizenship has over the past few months been endeavouring to decentralise the receipt of passport applications and the delivery of passports within the regions. Linden will be the third town to have this service available, as this service is being made available in Berbice and Essequibo as well,” Felix is quoted as saying.Minister Felix further stated that when applying for passports for the first time, applicants will still be required to travel to Georgetown to “complete the process” but stressed that persons who are applying for a renewal “will be able to access the service in Linden”.“We realise the need to bring Government services in the region and we need to reduce the unnecessary crowds that we have at the passport office at Georgetown,” the Citizenship Minister expressed.It was also explained that the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Building in McKenzie, has been identified as the location from where the passport service will be provided.“Immigration Officers will visit the location twice weekly and receive applications for renewal from residents. The applications will be processed in Georgetown and the residents will receive their renewed passports upon the officers’ return the following week,” the release noted.Assistant National Director, Community Development Councils, Sandra Adams, who will be responsible for “coordinating the setup of the service,” pointed out that “seniors in Linden” will benefit from the new measure.“There are a lot of seniors in Linden who cannot make it to Georgetown and I have received a lot of complaints recently, that by time they get to Georgetown, the numbers are finished and they have to return without getting their passport. So we are happy for this service to begin,” posited Adams. There have been complaints of people at the Georgetown Office having to stand in long lines for hours or switching seats in a slow moving chair system.last_img read more

Fishermen’s frustration as thieves target them for a second time, ripping €3000 engine from boat

first_imgFishermen have been left frustrated after their €3,100 engine was ripped from their boat in Bruckless.This is the second time in three months that a Honda 15 Outboard engine, worth over €3,000, has been stolen from the men at Darney Pier. The engine had been stolen between Friday night and the early hours of Saturday morning.Ciaran Ellison and his father Danny fish together using the same boat and were shocked to discover the second engine had been taken when they went to the pier yesterday morning. The first engine was never recovered despite efforts by local Gardaí.“The engine was bolted tight to the boat and the bolts were taken off and also ripped off the boat,” Ciaran told Donegal Daily.Ciaran believes that the engines may have been taken by someone with local knowledge, as many from outside the area would not know how to get to the pier otherwise.The thieves have not only taken an engine – it has also impacted their livelihoods as the men will not be able to work until they replace the engine. If you spotted anything suspicious in Bruckless on Friday night, or if you spot a Honda 15 Outboard engine for sale under suspicious circumstances then please do not hesitate to contact Killybegs Gardaí on 074 97 31002.You can also contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.Fishermen’s frustration as thieves target them for a second time, ripping €3000 engine from boat was last modified: November 6th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brucklessdonegalenginerobberystolenlast_img read more