________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 8 . . . . December 9, 2005


Hayley Wickenheiser: Born to Play.

Elizabeth Etue.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
40 pp., pbk., $7.95.
ISBN 1-55337-791-5.

Subject Heading:
Women hockey players-Canada-Biography.

Grades 6-8 / Ages 11-13.

Review by Jean Nickel.

** /4


But Hayley is much more than simply a talented athlete. She is and extraordinary combination of skills, intelligence and fierce determination who is always testing herself. She continually pushes to be better.

Winning an Olympic gold medal wasn’t enough for Hayley. In Finland during 2003, she became the first North American woman to play forward for a men’s pro team. Her desire to excel propelled her to new heights as a female hockey player.

Hayley Wickenheiser is living the dream of many elite athletes. She plays hockey at the highest level possible. She is also young, gifted and willing to make huge sacrifices to be the best. Her story is about courage, bold action and ambitious dreams.

Saskatchewan born Hayley Wickenheiser is a Canadian Olympic gold medalist in the sport of women’s hockey. This biography depicts her life, how she set goals for herself and, with determination and hard work, she strives to obtain them. It does a good job of tracing her hockey career right up to her Olympic success. Readers also see the loneliness and sacrifice that is required of her and her family as she is away for long stretches of time. Hockey is an important part of her life but not the only thing as she is setting another goal for herself - her Bachelor of Science degree. She hopes someday to become a doctor.

     What makes this book noteworthy is the fact it is the first biography of someone from the Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team. This book could be used for recreational reading or for gathering information for different areas of the curriculum. The information would be beneficial for a hero’s assignment, for setting goals in the health curriculum, or for physical education at the grade seven or eight level. The book contains a table of contents, but there is no index or glossary. In order for students to do an assignment using this material, they would have to read the book and pick out the pertinent information.

     The many colour photos and personal comments provided by Hayley and her friends and family give a very personal insight into her life, and the photos and text are arranged by the author, Elizabeth Etue, in an interesting and informative fashion for students who are interested in sports. Hayley Wickenheiser is a good role model both for boys and girls.

     Elizabeth Etue is well versed on women’s sports and has co-authored On the Edge – Women Making Hockey History. Besides being an author, she has also produced for the CBC and is the publisher of the hockey magazine Overtime- The Women’s Hockey Magazine. In 2002, she won the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport Breakthrough Award for her contributions to women’s sports.


Jean Nickel is a Library Technician at the Westglen School in Didsbury, AB.


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