Jayna Hefford is one of the longest serving members of Canada’s National Women’s Team, having made her world championship debut in 1997. In her time wearing the maple leaf, she has won four Olympic medals (three of them gold) and seven gold medals in 12 world championship appearances.
Hefford ranks third all-time in scoring and games played for Canada’s National Women’s Team. At Salt Lake City 2002, it was Hefford who scored the eventual gold medal-winning goal with just one second to play in the second period of the final against the United States. Amongst her other accolades, Hefford was named Top Forward at both the 2004 and 2005 IIHF Women’s World Championships. She was also named to the Media All-Star team at the 2004 Worlds.
When not competing for Canada, Hefford is a member of the CWHL’s Brampton Thunder. In 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 she helped the team reach the Clarkson Cup. In 2008-09 she won the Angela James Bowl as the CWHL’s leading scorer, a year after helping Brampton win the CWHL championship.
Four-time Olympic Champion… 1998 Olympic silver medallist… Seven-time World Champion…
Getting into the Sport: Started playing hockey at age six… Her older brother played and both parents were heavily involved in the sport…School: Graduated from the University of Toronto in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in physical and health education…Outside Interests: Enjoys cooking and golfing… Runs a hockey school with Brampton teammate Lori Dupuis… Affiliated with several charities: University Hospital Kingston Foundation, CanFund and Right to Play… Holds an annual charity golf event in memory of her father for UHKF which has raised more than $90,000 in five years…Odds and Ends: Favourite Olympic memory is watching the Canadian team walk into the Calgary 1988 Opening Ceremony… Inspired by former teammates such as Cassie Campbell and Vicky Sunohara… Favourite motto: The heart carries the feet, not the feet the heart…