Jayna Hefford’s international hockey career is over. The Hockey Hall of Fame will be contacting her soon.
The Kingston, Ontario native had been with the Canadian National Women’s Team since the 1997 World Championships. She retires as 2nd all-time in Team Canada history in games played, goals, and points.
Hefford is an Olympic gold medalist (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014). She earned a silver medal in 1998. In 2002, Hefford famously scored the game-winning goal with two seconds remaining in Canada’s victory over the US in Salt Lake City.
Hefford is a world champion (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2012) and a world champion silver medalist (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013).
There’s more. She is a 12-time gold medalist at the 3 Nations/4 Nations Cup and she also won five silver medals there too.
“Jayna’s accomplishments on the ice speak for themselves. However, it’s her off-ice contributions to the game and leadership that I admire,” said Melody Davidson, a general manager at Hockey Canada. “I want to thank Jayna for the leadership she has displayed as a mentor and veteran to our younger players and to the hockey community in Canada and around the globe.”
She was always an incredible skater, both in terms of balance and speed. But it was her wish to be better that made her a star.
“Sometime before Vancouver, I was questioning if I was going to stick to it into my 30s. I saw I had to get better,” said Hefford, only one of five athletes in the world to win gold at four consecutive Olympics. “It wasn’t good enough to just be there just because I had gotten that far already. I perhaps had some of my most prosperous years in the last part of my career which is something I’m proud of. I saw the outcomes of that hard work.”