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Hayley Wickenheiser is a member of the 2010 Canadian Women’s Hockey Team that won gold at the Turin 2006 Olympic Games. The team was inducted in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on September 21, 2012

It’s a real pleasure to be here tonight, and on behalf of myself, my teammates and our staff from the 2006 Olympic team, we’d like to thank all of you for the support that you’ve given to Canadian sport in this country. First off, I’d like to thank the Canadian Olympic Committee and all the folks that worked so hard to support the athletes. Watching the London Olympics, as we all did on TV this summer, or there in person, was a very inspiring moment for Canada, and I’d also like to recognize all of the Olympians in the Olympics and the Paralympics who competed in London, and thank you very much for the inspiration that you gave to all of us as winter Olympians watching you. So thank you. (APPLAUSE)

We’d also like to congratulate all of the other inductees that are here tonight. So many of them are friends, people that we’ve known through the years and have watched them compete or built the support, so thank you very much to all of you. And a special thanks to Hockey Canada. You know, as female hockey players in this country, we consider ourselves pretty fortunate that every time we go to an Olympic Games, we have everything that we need to be successful. And that’s not always the case for some sports. So we’re grateful to the support that Hockey Canada gives us. In the 2006 Olympics, our team motto was “Take care of yourself, take care of each other”, and we all know that gold medals matter and they’re very, very important to sport in this country, but at the end of the day, all that we really have is the relationships that we have with people and the legacy that we leave, so without our family and our friends and all of you, we would not have this honour. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)

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