Haley Irwin has been a member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 2007. After competing with the national under-22 team, she made her world championship debut in 2009, helping the team win silver. Since then, she has been a constant at the most important events, making her Olympic debut as part of the gold medal-winning squad at Vancouver 2010 and capturing two more world silver medals to go with a world title in 2012.
Irwin played her collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. As a freshman in 2007-08 she led all NCAA first-years in points per game. She also helped her team win the NCAA national championship, scoring the championship-winning goal against Wisconsin. The following year she helped Minnesota-Duluth return to the NCAA Frozen Four. After being centralized with the national team in advance of Vancouver 2010, she returned to school in 2010-11 and was named a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female player in NCAA hockey.
After graduation she was drafted by the Montreal Stars of the CWHL and helped the team reach the Clarkson Cup final in 2012-13.
2010 Olympic Champion… 2012 World Champion… Three-time World silver medallist…
Getting into the Sport: Started playing hockey at age four… Followed her brother into the sport… Was the first female player to make an AAA-level boys team in Thunder Bay…School: Graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2012… Majored in community health…Odds and Ends: Started to dream of competing at the Olympic Games after watching the Canadian women’s team compete at Nagano 1998… Favourite Olympic memory of watching the Games is the men’s and women’s hockey teams winning gold at Salt Lake City 2002…