Wickenheiser stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame

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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./p>

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.

Ryan Reynolds’ film career saw a breakthrough in 2002 with National Lampoon’s Van Wilder. Since then he has enjoyed mega box office success with films such as Green Lantern. Photo: canadaswalkoffame.com
Louise Arbour is a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights. Photo: canadaswalkoffame.com
Rachel McAdams has starred in films such as The Notebook, Sherlock Holmes and About Time. Photo: canadaswalkoffame.com
Hayley Wickenheiser has five Olympic medals (four gold). She was on hand to receive her star with family members and a 10-year old special guest, Grace. Photo: canadaswalkoffame.com

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.

Six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes presented Hayley Wickenheiser with her star at Canada's Walk of Fame induction gala.

Six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes presented Hayley Wickenheiser with her star at Canada’s Walk of Fame induction gala.

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.

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