Jayna Hefford
Position Forward
Shoots Left
5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
139 lb (63 kg)
Toronto Lady Blues
Brampton Thunder
Born May 14 1977 (1977-05-14) (age 42),
Kingston, Ontario
Pro Career 1997 – present
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Women's ice hockey
Olympic games
Silver 1998 Nagano Tournament
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City Tournament
Gold 2006 Torino Tournament
Gold 2010 Vancouver Tournament
IIHF World Women Championships
Gold 1997 Canada Tournament
Gold 1999 Finland Tournament
Gold 2000 Canada Tournament
Gold 2001 United States Tournament
Gold 2004 Canada Tournament
Silver 2005 Sweden Tournament
Gold 2007 Canada Tournament
Silver 2008 China Tournament
Silver 2009 Finland Tournament

Jayna Hefford (born May 14, 1977 in Kingston, Ontario) is a women's ice hockey player. Hefford played forward for the Canadian women's team at the Winter Olympics in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. Her goal in the gold medal game at the 2002 Winter Olympics was the gold medal winning goal.

Playing careerEdit

Hefford was the captain of Team Ontario at the 1995 Canada Winter Games.[1]

Toronto Lady BluesEdit

Hefford played for the Toronto Lady Blues women's ice hockey program, which represented the University of Toronto. In the 1997 OWIAA semifinal, Hefford was part of the Lady Blues squad which defeated the Guelph Gryphons by a 4-1 tally. In that game, Hefford accumulated three helpers. In the 1997 OWIAA gold medal game, scored 23 seconds into overtime and she believed that the goal clinched the gold medal for the Lady Blues. A little-known rule denied Hefford and her teammates the Blues second consecutive title. OWIAA league rules indicated that the first five-minute overtime session in a playoff game must be played in its entirety (as a regular period). It was advised that the game would continue after Hefford's goal and York won the game in the second overtime. [2] Hefford joined former University of Toronto student-athlete Heather Moyse as the only University of Toronto graduates to claim a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. [3]

Hockey CanadaEdit

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Jayna Hefford (left) and Cassie Campbell celebrate after winning the gold medal at the Torino Winter Games

In the 2006 tournament, Hefford scored three goals and added four assists to finish third on the team in scoring and Canada again won the gold medal.[4] It was her second gold medal while participating in her third Olympics. She also won a silver medal with the Canadian team at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

Hefford has won the gold in six World Championships – 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007. In 1999 and 2000, Hefford was Team Canada’s leading scorer.[5] Her two third period goals in the 2000 championship game pushed the contest into overtime, allowing Canada the opportunity to win.[6] At the 2005 Esso National Women’s Championships, she was named the Best Forward for Group A.[7]

On January 1, 2010, in Ottawa, Ontario, she was honoured before a game versus Team USA for reaching the 200-game plateau in her Team Canada career in November.[8] She would go on to score the lone shootout goal later that night.[9]

At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Hefford ranked second on Team Canada with 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in 5 games on the way to her fourth medal (third gold).

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Jayna Hefford (left) and Gillian Apps celebrate after winning the gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Games

In the first game of the 2011 IIHF Eight Nations Tournament, Hefford registered a hat trick in a 16-0 victory over Switzerland. [10] In the third game of the tournament, she scored two goals in an 11-0 shotout over Slovakia. [11] In an exhibition game versus the United States on August 29, 2011, Hefford scored a power play goal, and then scored twice in the shootout as Canada defeated the United States by a 4-3 tally. [12]

Brampton ThunderEdit

During the 2000–01 NWHL season, Hefford played with the Thunder and finished first in league scoring with 59 points. [13] In the National Women's Hockey League, she played for the Brampton Thunder. She was the league's all-time leading goal scorer with 252 goals (1998-99 to 2006-07).[14]

In 2007-08, she led the new Canadian Women's Hockey League with 26 goals in 27 games for the Brampton Canadette-Thunder. She was named the Canadian Women's Hockey League Most Valuable Player of the 2007–08 CWHL season, an award voted on by the league's six team captains.[15] In addition, she was also a CWHL Central All-Star. Despite winning CWHL Top Scorer of the Month honours on four separate occasions (September, November, December, January), she lost the Angela James Bowl scoring race by just three points (58 points to Jennifer Botterill's 61 points).

In 2008-09, she won the Angela James Bowl after scoring 69 points in 28 games. She set new league records with 69 points, 44 goals, 11 power-play goals, six shorthanded goals and seven hat tricks. She is the first player in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League to record 100 career points.[16] She recorded the record-setting point milestone on January 17, 2009 in a win over the Montreal Stars.

In 2009-10, she was absent from the Brampton Thunder for most of the season due to the centralization of Canada's women's hockey Olympic team. After Canada's win in Vancouver, she returned to participate in the Clarkson Cup and had a goal and an assist in Brampton's semi-final win over the Montreal Stars.

On January 18, 2011, the Brampton Thunder competed against the Montreal Stars at the Invista Centre in Kingston, Ontario. This was team captain Hefford’s hometown and she scored a goal in front of her closest friends, family and fans. In addition, her number 15 was raised to the rafters of the Invista Centre on behalf of the Kingston Area Minor Hockey Association. As of 2012, no sweaters bearing Hefford’s number will be used in Kingston Minor Hockey.[17] Brampton lost to the Minnesota Whitecaps in the final.


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On the cover of Amazing Canadian Fashion, Volume 6

Hefford is a national spokesperson for the Canadian Hockey Association's Initiation Programme. In 2009, she set up a charity golf tournament, the Jayna Hefford Links 4 Life Golf Classic, in July 2009. The tournament raised $15,000 for the cancer and palliative care undertaken at Kingston's university hospitals.[18]

Awards and honorsEdit

Hefford Mural

A mural honouring Hefford in her hometown of Kingston, Ontario

  • 1996/97 Ontario Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Association Rookie of the Year[19], as well as the 1998 Kingston and Ontario Amateur Athlete of the Year.[20]
  • Recognized at the 1999 and 2000 World Championships as the tournament's top goal scorer and scored at least one point in every game at the 2000 event in Canada.
  • In 2002, Hefford was inducted into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.[21]
  • 2004 World Women's Championship Directorate Award as Top Forward and was named to the Tournament All Star team.[22]
  • 2005 World Women's Championship Directorate Award as Top Forward [23]
  • Top Forward, 2006 Esso Women's National Hockey Championship, Pool A [24]
  • Top Forward at the 2008 Esso Women's National Championship in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.


  1. Who's Who in Canadian Sport, Volume 4, p.193, Bob Ferguson, Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd., Markham, ON and Allston, MA, ISBN 1-55041-855-6
  4. Canadian Gold 2002, p. 118, Andrew Podnieks, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2002
  5. Canadian Gold 2002, p. 118, Andrew Podnieks, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2002
  6. Canadian Gold 2002, p. 118, Andrew Podnieks, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd, Bolton, Ontario, Canada, 2002
  22. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.544, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  23. Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.545, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  24. 2006 Esso Women’s National Championship Award Winners Announced. Hockey Canada (March 20, 2006). Retrieved on 9 April 2010.
Preceded by
Jennifer Botterill (2008)
Angela James Bowl
Succeeded by
Sabrina Harbec (2010)
Preceded by
Jennifer Botterill (2001)
IIHF World Women Championships Best Forward
2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Hayley Wickenheiser (2007)

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