Jayna Hefford drew inspiration from first women's world championship

Tessa Bonhomme (L) and Jayna Hefford celebrate a goal during training camp for Canada's National...

Tessa Bonhomme (L) and Jayna Hefford celebrate a goal during training camp for Canada's National Women's Team in advance of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship taking place in Ottawa. Monday March 25,2013. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:16 PM ET

PETAWA, ONT. - As long as Jayna Hefford can remember, she's loved hockey.

As a kid, any chance she got — road hockey, hotel hockey — she was in.

Like so many girls, she was awed and inspired by the 1990 women's world championship in Ottawa, with the Canadian players leaving a huge impression with their pink uniforms.

"When I watched the first world championship, that's sort of when I realized what I wanted to do -- play for Canada," said Hefford, who grew up playing minor hockey in Kingston.

Now 35, she's played in four Olympics (with three gold medals) and 11 world championships.

Once upon a time, a wide-eyed kid soaking up the dressing-room environment, she's now one of the vets.


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