Last night, after a lengthy career, five Olympic medals, and countless other honours, Hayley Wickenheiser announced her retirement from hockey on Twitter.
Not only has she made a HUGE impact on women’s hockey here in Canada, she also played 65 men’s pro games in Europe, she is one of only FIVE athletes in the world to win 4 consecutive Olympic gold medals, and she is Canada’s all-time leading scorer with 168 goals and 211 assists in 276 games.
Her impact off the ice is already significant, starting “Wickfest” several years ago as an annual international female hockey festival in Calgary.
She has yet to specifically say what is next for her, but she did tell Maclean’s a little in this interview when she was asked why she picked this moment to retire:
“It came down to timing. I’d been thinking about it, and the opportunity to go to medical school is one I didn’t really want to pass up. It felt like the right time. I guess there’s no right, right time. But for me, I felt like it was. So here I am.”
Needless to say, she will be missed on the ice, but her impact will obviously continue off of it! You can read a full summary of her career highlights and more right HERE.