Wickenheiser to carry Canada's flag in Sochi

Ottawa, ON ( - Canadian women's hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser has been selected as the nation's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Wickenheiser will participate in the Olympics for a fifth time. She previously helped the dominant Canadian women's hockey team to a trio of gold medals and one silver.

"This is an incredible honor and one that means so much to me after having represented Canada in hockey for so many years," said Wickenheiser in a statement Thursday.

"Today, I have been chosen as Canada's flag bearer, but today is about carrying the hopes and dreams of nearly 35 million Canadians to Sochi," she added. "I can't wait to lead an amazing group of athletes who have dedicated their lives to achieving their Olympic dreams for both themselves and Canada."

The 35-year-old native of Saskatchewan has also won seven World Championships during her illustrious career.

Long-track speedskater Clara Hughes was the flag bearer for the 2010 Vancouver Games.