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Jayna Hefford

Born:May 14, 1977Position:Right Wing
Hometown:Trenton, OntarioShoots/Catches:Left
Known For:4x Olympic Gold MedalistCurrent Team:Retired
National Team:Canada

Jayna Hefford (born May 14, 1977) is a Canadian former ice hockey player and current chairperson of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association. Along with Hayley Wickhenheiser, she is one of two Canadian women to have played in all five Olympic women’s hockey tournaments starting in 1998, winning four gold medals and one silver medals. Hefford was a member of Canada women’s national ice hockey team for 17 years, from 1997 until announcing her retirement on September 10, 2015, and is second only to Wickenheiser in games played, goals, and points.

She represented Canada at the Winter Olympics five times, capturing four gold and one silver medal and is best remembered for her game-winning goal in the gold medal game against Team USA in 2002. She is tied with teammates Caroline Ouellette and Wickenheiser for the record for the most gold medals and has also played in 12 of 16 women’s world hockey championships earning seven gold medals.

Jayna Hefford Team Canada
Jayna Hefford, Team Canada (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

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Front Office History

  • CWHL (Interim Commissioner) 2018-2019
  • PWHPA (Lead Operations Consultant) 2019-present


  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2018)
  • CWHL (W) Champion (2008)
  • 5x World Championship (W) Silver Medal (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  • 4x Olympic (W) Gold Medal (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
  • 3x World Championship (W) Top 3 Player on Team Canada (2007, 2008, 2013)
  • 7x World Championship (W) Gold Medal (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012)
  • 3x World Championship (W) All-Star Team (1999, 2004, 2008)
  • PHF (W) Champion (2007)
  • 2x World Championship (W) Best Forward (2004, 2005)
  • 2x World Championship (W) Most Goals (2004, 2005)
  • Olympic (W) Best Plus/Minus (2010)
  • CWHL (W) Most Points (2009)
  • CWHL (W) Top Forward (2009)
  • Olympic (W) Silver Medal (1998)