The sport of hockey has taken many people to many places they wouldn’t have otherwise gone.
Hayley Wickenheiser can attest to that.
When you talk about the women’s game, the 34-year-old star’s name inevitably comes up.
And with good reason.
Her list of accomplishments is rivalled only by her list of firsts.
She joined the Canadian national team at 15 and has been its franchise player ever since. She’s won three Olympic golds and one silver and been named MVP twice. She has seven gold medals from the world championships. She was twice invited to the Philadelphia Flyers rookie camp (1998 and ’99) after impressing Bobby Clarke with her performance at the ’98 Olympics — the first time the women’s game was a medal event. She’s played in men’s leagues in Finland and Sweden.
Oh, and last year she was one of two female players — the other being American blueliner Angela Ruggiero — to be immortalized in EA Sports’ NHL ’13.