Hayley Wickenheiser is an iconic figure in Canadian sport and while her name will surely endure long after she decides to hang up her skates, it doesn’t hurt to nail it down physically.
Wickenheiser’s Canada’s Walk of Fame star was officially unveiled in Toronto on Saturday, with Canadian international superstars in the entertainment industry Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams, and inspirational human rights idol Louise Arbour.
An ice hockey legend and four-time Olympic champion, Wickenheiser was also Canada’s flag bearer at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. There, Wickenheiser was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission receiving votes from her fellow Olympians across the globe.
At the induction gala Wickenheiser was presented her star by another Canadian Olympic great, six-time medallist Clara Hughes. The Olympic cyclist and speed skater herself received a Walk of Fame star in 2010.
Along with her family, Wickenheiser attended the unveiling of her star with a 10-year old ice hockey player named Grace, whom the Olympian praised for “kicking cancer’s butt.”
The induction gala, a two-hour event, will be broadcast on Global TV in Canada on December 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.