February 21, 2014
Wickenheiser, Ouellette, Hefford Make History
They have been mainstays on Canada's women's national team seemingly forever. They have been through good and bad. But mostly good. Lots of good.
Hayley Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford and Caroline Ouellette have won gold medals in 2002, 2006, 2010 and now 2014. And that makes them history makers!
With four straight gold medals in women's hockey Wickenheiser, Hefford and Ouellette joined Soviet biathlete Alexander Tikhonov and German speedskater Claudia Pechstein as gold medallists in four consecutive Winter Games.
They are also Canada's most golden girls, or boys for that matter. They are the only four-time gold medallists in Olympic history.
It is quite likely that all three have played their final Olympic game with the Canadian national team. Wickenheiser is 35 while Hefford and Ouellette are 34. Can they return in 2018 at age 39 and 38? Not likely given Canada's stream of young female players.