Braydon Coburn and his family moved to Shaunavon when Braydon was seven years old. He attended school and played minor hockey in Shaunavon until the age of 14 when he transferred to Notre Dame in order to further his hockey skills and continue his education. In the Bantam draft he was drafted first overall in the WHL by the Portland Winterhawks. He won the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy for top rookie in the WHL for his play in the 2001-2002 season. Coburn was drafted eighth over all into the NHL by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He continued to play on the Winterhawks, however, until the end of the 2004-2005 season. Coburn reported to the Chicago Wolves at the end of the 2004-2005 season and helped with the team's playoff run. He spent the next year with the AHL club, but was called up to the Thrashers for nine games. The next season, 2006-2007, Coburn found himself traded to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers after splitting time with Atlanta and the AHL Wolves. He is a very important member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Coburn is a sturdy all-around performer on the blueline. He is a career top four defenseman on any team in the NHL.
Hayley Wickenheiser was born in Shaunavon and lived here with her family until she was 12 years old, when they moved to Calgary, Alberta where she not only trained, but has also pursued a BSc degree at the University of Calgary.
Her talent is unsurpassed. Hayley was named Team Captain for the gold medal winning Canadian Women's Hockey team at the winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, she was the Assistant Captain of Canada's gold medal winning teams at the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and named MVP in both games. Wickenheiser is strong and skilled; a natural with a lethal slap shot, and rightfully described as the greatest female hockey player in the world.
At age 15, Wickenheiser was chosen for the Canadian Women's National Team. She has since led the Canadian Women's National squad to six gold and one silver medal at the Women's World Hockey Championships, a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and three Olympic Gold medals at the Winter Olympics in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Time and time again, Wickenheiser has proven to be an elite athlete. Honoured with the title of Most Valuable Player in numerous Esso Women's Hockey Championships, a First Team All-Star in all seven of their World Championship appearances, and a participant in two Philadelphia Flyers' rookie camps in 1998 and 1999, Wickenheiser has earned the praise and admiration of players and coaches alike.
On January 11, 2003 Wickenheiser took an enormous step forward in her on-ice career when she skated into history as the first female hockey player to notch a point in a men's professional game, the Kirkkonummen Salamat of the Finnish second division. More recently, Wickenheiser played in Eskilstuna, Sweden with a men’s professional division-one hockey team for the 08-09 season.
Aside from a phenomenal on-ice career, Wickenheiser has mastered a number of sports. An elite softball player, she participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of Team Canada. But, no matter what she is playing, Wickenheiser's motto is "Excellence and Professionalism".
Learn more about Hayley at www.hayleywickenheiser.com
HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA
Shaunavon hosted CBC's 5th Annual Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday, February 21, 2004. Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Dick Irvin, Ken Dryden, Hayley Wickenheiser and several other hockey greats were in Shaunavon to celebrate the game during CBC's all-day broadcast. The event featured a Celebrity Sports Auction and Banquet on Friday night, Minor Hockey Games all day Saturday, a Whitemud All-Star Game Saturday evening, as well as a road hockey tournament, shinny on the outdoor rink and an appearance by the Stanley Cup. Nearly $276,000.00 was raised from this event to go toward the construction of Shaunavon's new Recreation Complex.
CTV HOMETOWN TOUR
The CTV tour was a two week road trip which saw the evening news being broadcasted from 10 different communities over a 10 day period from September 28th to October 9th, 2009. Thanks to local organizers, Shaunavon was chosen as one of the locations. Carla Beynon and Manfred Joehnick broadcasted from the grounds of the Shaunavon Town Office. The broadcast was a 20 minute telecast with interviews with Mayor Sharon Dickie and the Goldsteins (local entrepreneurs). Organizer Janelle Wickstrom stated " CTV was very impressed with the number of businesses who decorated their windows for CTV's welcome to the community as well as with the enthusiasm and community spirit of the town."
BREAKFAST WITH JEFF
Jeff Hutcheson, Canada AM's weather and sports host on CTV, was in Shaunavon for "Breakfast with Jeff" on September 21, 2005. Hundreds of people got out of their warm beds to be at the curling rink by 4:00 a.m. The first live cut-in was broadcast at 4:30 a.m. with several more cut-in's broadcast from Shaunavon until 7:00 a.m. A pancake breakfast was served all morning while local entertainers including the Whitemud Band & the Shaunavon Dance Co. performed for the nation. Jeff also interviewed Alex McFadyen about his Guinness Book of World Records Hockey Scrapbook and Willie Wright about his 130 running medals.
KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE CHALLENGE
From February to June 2006 the community of Shaunavon once again showed it's great spirit during our campaign to be selected as Kraft Hockeyville. The Hockeyville Challenge featured 5 stages of competition with 5 Regions across the country competing. Shaunavon went from being 1 of 450 communities competing in Stage 1 all the way through to being in the top 25 communities remaining in the 4th Stage. Along the way the community submitted several spirit items to CBC, participated in the making of a video, decorated homes & businesses, participated in a CBC sponsored scavenger hunt, constructed a Stanley Cup out of canned food and voted, voted, voted! Local representatives travelled to Hamilton, Ontario to participate in the filming of the final episodes of the Hockeyville Challenge. In the end Shaunavon did not advance farther than the top 25 but could be proud of the great effort put in to our campaign.
BATTLE OF THE BORDER
Hundreds of hockey fans filled the arena on Saturday, February 14, 2009 to watch Calgary's Oval X-Treme play the U.S. Selects in the final game of the EnCana sponsored 4 game Battle of the Border women's hockey tournament. Several of the most elite team members, including Carla McLeod, Colleen Sostorics, Molly Engstrom and Chanda Gunn have represented their countries during previous Winter Olympic Games. It was a close game with the U.S. Selects winning by a score of 3 to 2. The Oval X-Treme took home the cup winning the series 3 games to 1. Proceeds from this event were donated to Shaunavon Minor Hockey and The Wickenheiser Centre.