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Staturday with Mike, 1/21: Wickenheiser Special

Canadian Olympic Committee

Hayley Wickenheiser, the greatest women’s hockey player of all-time, hung up her skates on January 13th.

Wickenheiser’s legacy goes far beyond the facts and figures that her Wikipedia page and stat spreadsheets can tell. She is, in every sense of the word, peerless. But I figured that we should still dive into some of her amazing statistics this Staturday.

Wick

  • Hayley Wickenheiser retires as the all-time leading scoring in Women’s World Championship history. She scored 86 points for Canada in 61 games, eight more than USWNT legend Cammi Granato who is second-all time in WWC scoring.
  • Wick is also the all-time leading scorer in women’s Olympic hockey by a country mile. She had 51 points in 26 games to go along with her four Olympic gold medals.
  • Wickenheiser had the highest batting average on Canada’s 2000 Summer Olympic softball team.
  • Wickenheiser won her first Women’s World Championship gold medal with Canada in 1994 when she was just 15-years-old. She lifted the Clarkson Cup last year with the Calgary Inferno as a 37-year-old mother.
  • In 2011 Hayley Wickenheiser became the first University of Calgary Dino to win the Brodrick Trophy as CIS MVP. She played just 15 games that season but finished with 40 points and five game-winning goals.
  • While playing in the Finnish men’s second division with HC Salamat in 2003 Wickenheiser became the first woman to score a goal in a men’s professional hockey league.
  • Wick and Angela Ruggiero were the first two playable female players in EA Sports’ NHL video game franchise.

CWHL

  • Marie-Philip Poulin has caught up to her teammate Caroline Ouellette for the CWHL points lead. She and Ouellette both have 30 points this season, but Poulin has played in one fewer game.
  • Brampton’s Jess Jones has twice as many points as the Thunder’s second-highest scorer (Jamie Lee Rattray). She had a four-point (two goals, two assists) game against the Furies last Saturday. She’s the most dangerous woman on the power play in the CWHL.
  • Montreal’s Ann-Sophie Bettez and Toronto’s Natalie Spooner are the only two skaters in the CWHL with at least two shorthanded goals, power play goals and even strength goals this year.
  • Iya Gavrilova leads all CWHL rookie and first-year skaters in points. She has nine points in her last six games and points in four straight games with the Calgary Inferno.

NWHL

  • Alex Carpenter is now the most productive player in the NWHL. The Pride’s rookie forward has 14 points in 11 games, drawing level with Connecticut’s Kelly Babstock. Carpenter is also leading the league with three shorthanded goals.
  • Katie Fitzgerald of the Riveters and Boston’s Brittany Ott are the only two goaltenders in the NWHL with two or more shutouts this year. Ott got her third shutout last Sunday.
  • Shiann Darkangelo and Brianna Decker are the only two skaters with over 50 shots thus far this season. Decker leads the league with 57 shots in nine games.
  • Two of the NWHL’s top five point scorers are New York Riveters (Rebecca Russo and Janine Weber). Last season Brooke Ammerman led the Riveters with 15 points, she finished the season tied for tenth in the league in points.
  • Whale rookie forward Haley Skarupa hasn’t scored a goal since October 23rd. She has just one assist in her last five games.

NCAA Division I

  • Wisconsin junior Emily Clark is the only woman in college hockey with more than one four-assist games this season. She has 17 assists in 22 games with the Badgers.
  • Quinnipiac has scored 46 percent of their goals on the power play this season. No other team in the ECAC depends more on their power play for goals, yet the Bobcats have the best average shot-differential in their conference.
  • Goaltender Janine Alder of St. Cloud state has been in net for 13 losses this season, which is the most in the nation. But Alder is also tied for tenth in the nation with a .927 save percentage. Only Princeton’s Steph Neatby has a better save percentage for a freshman goaltender.
  • Kelly Pannek of the Golden Gophers has more primary assists than RMU’s Brittany Howard has assists. Pannek and Howard are one and two in the nation in assists.
  • Northeastern has scored the most shorthanded goals this year (seven) and they have allowed the most shorthanded goals this year (five).