Mike Brophy - Thursday Feb. 6, 2014 21:12 ET

Wickenheiser to pursue medical school after retirement

Hockey veteran dreams of becoming a doctor

Hayley Wickenheiser
Hayley Wickenheiser will carry the Canadian flag at the opening ceremonies on Friday.(Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

Hayley Wickenheiser has been in the spotlight for so long, her mother worries about how she will handle retirement when she finally hangs her skates up.

“I think there will be a time of withdrawal,” Marilyn added. “I am hoping there will be support there; perhaps a sports psychologist to massage them through that step. If she does retire and go on to medical school, she will have a focus. She herself said she knows there has to be life after hockey.”

Hayley knows she can’t play forever and that is why she has been working to prepare for life after hockey.

“She would like to go to medical school and has devoted a lot of time and studies toward to that,” Tom said. “I just look at it as another step in her life. We move on and she gets on with her life.”

Becoming a doctor takes years of dedication and determination. Her dad knows his daughter is up to the challenge.

“She is determined,” her father said. “She can sometimes be a little abrasive because she puts everything into the sport and she can’t understand why other people aren’t as competitive as her. She devoted her life to it and when she feels other people are taking it lightly, she may respond.”

Hayley will pursue her dream of being a doctor with the same sort of passion.

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