Assistant Director of Player Development,Toronto Maple Leafs
In the world of women’s hockey, Hayley Wickenheiser is a household name. A member of Canada women’s national ice hockey team for 23 years, from 1994 until announcing her retirement on January 13, 2017, the team’s career points leader, a five-time Olympian, capturing four gold and one silver medal, and two-time Olympic MVP, Wickenheiser is undoubtedly one of — if not the — greatest female hockey player of all time. Yet, despite her incredible athletic achievements over the last two decades, 2018 brought her career to new heights: on August 23, 2018, Wickenheiser was hired as the Assistant Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first woman to ever hold the position for the Leafs, a position that puts her on the track to a head coach’s job. And how does she stay busy when she’s not breaking glass (or ice) ceilings by helping lead Toronto’s beloved hockey team? She’s studying medicine at the University of Calgary.