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Alumni: Giving U of T more reasons to be proud

Alumni Portraits
Jayna Hefford
Current Industry: Athletics
Bachelor of Physical Health and Education (BPHE) 2004

One of Canada’s most decorated athletes, Jayna Hefford has played an integral part in the success of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team and Olympic team. It was Hefford’s goal in the final second of the game against the U.S. at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games that won the Olympic gold medal for Canada. Since then, she has gone on to win gold at both the 2006 Turin and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.

While studying physical education at U of T, Hefford also played on the Toronto Lady Blues hockey team.

"The Phys. Ed. Program at U of T is one of the best, I think. The courses were tough and challenging, which made getting my degree here something I’m proud of. I know I had to work hard for it."

Hefford combined her studies with her hockey career with considerable success. She is a six-time World Champion and was named Top Forward at the 2004 World Championships. She also played an integral part in Team Canada’s win at the 2000 World Championships, where she scored two crucial goals in the final game to tie the score and force it into overtime.

Hefford is one of only two players in Canadian Women’s Hockey history to play over 200 international games and one of only three players to score over 100 international goals.

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