Hayley Wickenheiser, Ice Hockey

Hayley Wickenheiser had been a trailblazer in women’s hockey ever since she was named to the Canada’s national women’s team at age 15. Years later she would become the first woman to score a goal in a men’s professional league. Being named Canada’s female athlete of 2007 marked another milestone for the 29-year-old Saskatchewan-born, Calgary-based forward as she became the first hockey player honoured with the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award. Team captain Wickenheiser led the Canadian women’s squad to a ninth women’s World Hockey Championship, where Canada defeated the United States 5-1 in the 2007 final. Wickenheiser, already the all-time leading scorer for Team Canada, notched eight goals and six assists in the world tournament and was named Most Valuable Player and a tournament All-Star. Seven months later, she scored four goals and three assists to lead Canada to victory in the Four Nations Cup.

Wendy Long

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