Hayley Wickenheiser Enters CWHL Draft

Hayley Wickenheiser Enters CWHL Draft 


Calgary, Alta.– Earlier today, Hayley Wickenheiser announced the next step in her historic hockey career will be to enter the Canadian Women’s Hockey League 2015 Entry Draft on August 23, 2015 with  the intention of joining the Calgary Inferno. 
 
“Getting a player like Wick(enheiser) is huge, for us it’s like Bobby Hull joining the WHA, or Wayne Gretzky being traded to LA. It’s a game changer,” said Chantal Champagne, General Manager of the Calgary Inferno. “Players like that are one of a kind and it’s huge, not just for us but for the entire league. It proves that the CWHL is the league to play in.”
 
The five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and one of Canada’s top female athletes today announced her plans to play for the Calgary Inferno with hopes of adding a Clarkson Cup trophy to her hall of fame resume.
 
“I look forward to the competition and to playing with, and in some cases against, some of my national teammates,” remarks the 36-year-old forward. “It will be a fun and competitive league. It is a great show for the fans to see national players play more than every four years.”
 
Outside of Canada’s National Women’s Team, Hayley last played for the University of Calgary Dinos Women’s Hockey Team where she won numerous awards on a local and national scale in both hockey and academics. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. 
 
“Today’s announcement is a testament to the success of our league,” stated CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress. “For Hayley to choose the CWHL as the next step in her hockey career reflects the high calibre competition that defines us. This is an exciting opportunity for the league to showcase one of the greatest players this sport has seen and we know our fans will be thrilled to see Wick competing throughout the season.”
 
Hayley’s community spirit and promotion of the sport is echoed by the other members of Calgary’s squad. Off the ice, the team is active in the community, hosts charity games, and attends community events. The players are leaders and role models to younger generations.
 
"Hayley’s decorated accomplishments speak for themselves,” commented Inferno Head Coach, Scott Reid. “Being able to add her to our lineup would give us depth and strength, which would help us to contend for the Clarkson Cup this season. As a hockey club, we are thrilled to be able to bring her on board at the draft."
 
The possible addition of Wickenheiser and her Team Canada teammate Brianne Jenner, who announced her draft plans last week, to a roster that includes last years leading scorer Rebecca Johnston would give the Inferno the potential for one of the most dynamic offensive teams in league history. 

The CWHL enters its eighth season this fall and the Calgary Inferno begins its fifth year in the league. Calgary finished second in the league last year and the sport and team have been growing in popularity among local fans. Calgary’s roster includes a number of Olympians and members of Hockey Canada’s national program. The team will play twelve home games this season at their home rink at Winsport. Stay tuned to the website for special event appearances and exhibition game announcements. Calgary Inferno season tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, July 17 at 7am MT at  http://calgaryinferno.net/seasontickets 
 
Don’t miss a second of CWHL action! Learn more about the Canadian Women’s Hockey League by visiting 
www.CWHL.ca, or www.calgaryinferno.net and check out our social media by “liking” us on Facebook and following us at www.twitter.com/infernocwhl.

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