Athlete Profile

Jayna Hefford, 24, has played for four world championship-winning Canadian teams (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001). The forward from Kingston, Ont., also won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics. Hefford, Canada's top scorer at 1999 and 2000 world championship, has a flare for drama. In the final game of the 2000 tournament against the United States, Hefford scored two goals in the third period to send the game into overtime. Canada later won. In 15 career world championship games, she's scored 12 goals and 11 assists. Hefford, who plays for the Brampton Thunder of the NWHL, is a national spokesperson, along with NHL star and fellow Canadian Olympian Paul Kariya, for the Canadian Hockey Association's Initiation Program.