The era of female trailblazers in sports continues!
In its latest development, the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League have signed Hayley Wickenheiser as their assistant director of player development.
Hayley Wickenheiser is joining the Toronto Maple Leafs as the team's assistant director of player development. Wickenheiser represented Canada for 23 years, winning 4 Olympic gold medals and 1 silver with the Canadian women’s team between 1998 and 2014. pic.twitter.com/3S8wtIiKZF— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) August 23, 2018
Wickenheiser is one of the most recognizable names in women's hockey for Canada. Now 40 years old, she retired from the game in January, 2017 with an enviable resume. She played for 23 years on the Canadian women's national hockey team, leading Canada to four Olympic gold medals and three other world championships.
Throughout her career, she racked up 379 career points with 168 goals in 276 games. Wickenheiser was named the Olympic tournament MVP in 2002 and 2006. After accomplishing so much on the ice herself, she will now be responsible for developing the next generation of greats with the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Dubas on the hiring of Hayley Wickenheiser: "If you're only hiring white males, you're probably leaving a lot on the table in terms of where your organization goes and how it evolves and develops."— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) August 23, 2018
More female athletes are being let in to the world of men's sports than ever before. Wickenheiser joins icons like San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and Oakland Raiders strength coach Kelsey Martinez as women with prominent roles in men's professional sports leagues.