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Born May 14, 1977 (1977-05-14) (age 32),
Trenton, ON, CA
Height
Weight
5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
139 lb (63 kg; 9 st 13 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
CWHL team Brampton Thunder
Ntl. team  Canada
Playing career 1996 – present
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Women's ice hockey
Olympic games
Silver 1998 Nagano Tournament
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City Tournament
Gold 2006 Torino Tournament
Gold 2010 Vancouver Tournament
IIHF World Women Championships
Gold 1997 Canada Tournament
Gold 1999 Finland Tournament
Gold 2000 Canada Tournament
Gold 2001 United States Tournament
Gold 2004 Canada Tournament
Silver 2005 Sweden Tournament
Gold 2007 Canada Tournament
Silver 2008 China Tournament
Silver 2009 Finland Tournament

Jayna Hefford (born May 14, 1977 in Trenton, Ontario) is a women's ice hockey player. Hefford played forward for the Canadian women's team at the Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Her goal in the gold medal game at the 2002 Winter Olympics was the gold medal winning goal.

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Playing career

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Hockey Canada

In the 2006 tournament, Hefford scored three goals and added four assists to finish third on the team in scoring and Canada again won the gold medal.[1] It was her second gold medal while participating in her third Olympics. She also won a silver medal with the Canadian team at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

Hefford has won the gold in six World Championships – 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007. In 1999 and 2000, Hefford was Team Canada’s leading scorer.[2] Her two third period goals in the 2000 championship game pushed the contest into overtime, allowing Canada the opportunity to win.[3] At the 2005 Esso National Women’s Championships, she was named the Best Forward for Group A.[4]

On January 1, 2010, in Ottawa, Ontario, she was honoured before a game versus Team USA for reaching the 200-game plateau in her Team Canada career in November.[5] She would go on to score the lone shootout goal later that night.[6]

Brampton Thunder

In the National Women's Hockey League, she played for the Brampton Thunder. She was the league's all-time leading goal scorer with 252 goals (1998-99 to 2006-07).[7]

In 2007-08, she led the new Canadian Women's Hockey League with 26 goals in 27 games for the Brampton Canadette-Thunder. She was named the Canadian Women's Hockey League Most Valuable Player of the 2007–08 CWHL season, an award voted on by the league's six team captains.[8] In addition, she was also a CWHL Central All-Star. Despite winning CWHL Top Scorer of the Month honours on four separate occasions (September, November, December, January), she lost the Angela James Bowl scoring race by just three points (58 points to Jennifer Botterill's 61 points).

In 2008-09, she won the Angela James Bowl after scoring 69 points in 28 games. She set new league records with 69 points, 44 goals, 11 power-play goals, six shorthanded goals and seven hat tricks. She is the first player in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League to record 100 career points.[9] She recorded the record-setting point milestone on January 17, 2009 in a win over the Montreal Stars.

Personal

Hefford is a national spokesperson for the Canadian Hockey Association's Initiation Programme. In 2009, she set up a charity golf tournament, the Jayna Hefford Links 4 Life Golf Classic, in July 2009. The tournament raised $15,000 for the cancer and palliative care undertaken at Kingston's university hospitals.[10]

Awards and honors

  • 1996/97 Ontario Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, as well as the 1998 Kingston and Ontario Amateur Athlete of the Year.[11]
  • Recognized at the 1999 and 2000 World Championships as the tournament's top goal scorer and scored at least one point in every game at the 2000 event in Canada.
  • In 2002, Hefford was inducted into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.[12]
  • 2004 World Women's Championship Directorate Award as Top Forward and was named to the Tournament All Star team.[13]
  • 2005 World Women's Championship Directorate Award as Top Forward [14]
  • Top Forward at the 2008 Esso Women's National Championship in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

References

  1. ^ Canadian Gold 2002, p. 118, Andrew Podnieks, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2002
  2. ^ Canadian Gold 2002, p. 118, Andrew Podnieks, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2002
  3. ^ Canadian Gold 2002, p. 118, Andrew Podnieks, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2002
  4. ^ http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/11111/la_id/2.htm
  5. ^ http://www2.canada.com/theprovince/news/sports/story.html?id=ff26c70d-76ff-446b-901c-ec688eee5ad4
  6. ^ http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100101/sports/hko_women_us_canada
  7. ^ http://eastonhockey.com/jayna-hefford.html
  8. ^ http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-hockey/athletes/jayna-hefford_ath1012631Et.html
  9. ^ http://www.ontariohockey.com/story/26/Female%20Hockey/3283/Brampton_Thunder_star_hungers_for_Olympic_competition.aspx
  10. ^ http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-hockey/athletes/jayna-hefford_ath1012631Et.html
  11. ^ http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-hockey/athletes/jayna-hefford_ath1012631Et.html
  12. ^ http://www.bramptonsports.ca/inductee.php?pk=97
  13. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.544, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  14. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.545, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
Preceded by
Jennifer Botterill (2008)
Angela James Bowl
2009
Succeeded by
Sabrina Harbec (2010)
Preceded by
Jennifer Botterill (2001)
IIHF World Women Championships Best Forward
2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Hayley Wickenheiser (2007)

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