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Over the Boards

Written by: Hayley Wickenheiser
Narrated by: Katie Ryerson
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Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“Hayley Wickenheiser is an incredible human being . . . this is what a billion hours of hard work looks like.”—Ryan Reynolds

The greatest women’s hockey player of all time, Hayley Wickenheiser shares the lessons that won her four Olympic gold medals, and hard-earned wisdom distilled from moments when she fell short.

There is no one in the world like Hayley Wickenheiser.

13 World Championship appearances. 6 Olympic Games. Hockey Hall of Famer. All while raising a child, earning multiple university degrees, and not benefiting from the financial stability male professional athletes have. She gave the game everything she had—now, Hayley shares what the game gave her.

From motherhood to pro leagues to her new career in medicine, Hayley shares the hard-won lessons she learned on and off the ice that helped her not only have a record-breaking hockey career but craft a life filled with joy, growth, and challenges. In her own words, Hayley shares how she rose from the backyard pond and changing in boiler rooms (because girls' dressing rooms didn’t exist) to Olympic MVP (twice). How becoming a parent made her a better athlete. How she learned to thrive under monumental pressure. But she doesn’t stop at revealing the pillars to her tremendous success—Hayley delves into her immense failures and how she grew from them. Like Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady, and Abby Wambach before her, Hayley shares her wisdom through personal stories of triumph, relentlessness, and more than a couple confrontations. Told with humour, compassion, and steadfast optimism, Hayley’s practical advice, coaching, and invaluable perspective inspires listeners to never accept “that’s not the way we do things” or “that hasn’t been done before” as limitations. An empowering and pragmatic guide, Hayley encourages listeners to not follow in her footsteps, but to carve their own ice.

©2021 Hayley Wickenheiser (P)2021 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

National best seller

“Hayley Wickenheiser is an incredible human being...this is what a billion hours of hard work looks like.” (Ryan Reynolds) 

“A detailed and rare look at greatness - one of Canada’s most decorated athletes pulls back the veil on what propelled her to the top. Hayley Wickenheiser has written the playbook of all playbooks. Over the Boards: Lessons from the Ice is for anyone who wants to win in any industry from business to science to sports to the arts. But what makes this book a gem is how it prepares you for success in the most important and formidable arena of all: life.” (Perdita Felicien, Olympian and author of My Mother’s Daughter

 “Hayley - now Doctor - Wickenheiser shares grit and determination, along with anecdotes you won’t see on TSN or Sportsnet, in her fabulous new book Over the Boards: Lessons from the Ice. This page-turning offering from someone who knows how to win at the highest level and how to take loss as a great opportunity to grow and improve is for everyone. Read and learn how #22 continues to do it all - and do it well. There are so many elements of this champion’s methods you can add to your own life.” (Clara Hughes, OC, OM, six-time Olympic medalist, author of Open Heart, Open Mind

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Positive messaging, a little all over the place

Huge fan of Dr. Wickenheiser and everything she’s done. I enjoyed the positive messages and takeaways, along with the insight into her life and career. I did find the book bounced around a little too much and I couldn’t tell at times if I was listening to an autobiography or a self help book. Also, the reader was good, but it would have been much better with Hayley had read it herself.

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Whole new respect for Haylet

I learned so much more about Wic and all the lessons and struggles she worked through and how she used her position as a we'll respected athlete to drive a lot of change in many areas.

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Loved it

If you are fan of the game, you’ll love this book! I love hearing the behind the scenes of all those great Olympic Games. And her advice and work ethic transcends sports.

I listened to it with my impressionable kids in the car , so bonus inspiration!

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Great read!

If I didn’t love her before I sure do now. Really enjoyed the read and wanted more so many great stories

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Great read

Fuckin’ rights, Wick. Lots of excellent stories and lessons in here. Hard to feel anything other than prideful as a Canadian when our country produces beauties like Hayley Wickenheiser. I will be giving this book to a few leaders on my sales and marketing teams.

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Wanted more

The best part of this book is the prologue. There’s self-doubt and drama. The rest of the book is work hard, work smart, do more, plan, be efficient, break goals into tasks, do more, do more, do more. I gave up in the middle of chapter 6. There’s no insight into HW here. And frankly, there’s nothing new in her approach that hasn’t been written in many other places. This book just makes me feel tired.
Will always be an HW fan. I will hope for more soul in the next book.

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Congratulations from the Carey Family …

Thank you Hayley for sharing your story. Fondly remember you travelling in the back of our van with Andi to Jr High and High School Volleyball and Basketball games in Calgary. Blessings on all your days ahead!!

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An excellent book.

Hayley tells her story here which can be inspiring for anyone who is a hockey player or not.