Canada's Botterill retires from women's hockey
Winnipeg native won 16 gold medals with national team
Three-time Olympic gold medallist Jennifer Botterill — one of only four Canadian women to compete in all four Winter Games — is hanging up her skates, Hockey Canada announced on Monday.
On the national team, Botterill recorded 65 goals and 109 assists for 174 points while, which ranks fifth all-time. She played in 184 career games for Canada, behind only Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford.
In a career that spanned 14 seasons, the Winnipeg native won 16 gold medals with Canada's national team. Aside from her three Olympic golds (2002, 2006, 2010), Botterill has been part of five world titles and seven Four Nations Cup golds.
"I will always be grateful for all that hockey has given me in my playing career," said Botterill, a two-time world championship MVP.
"I will forever treasure the experiences and opportunities that have come my way through this game. Thanks to all my teammates, coaches and trainers that have supported me over the years. I am very excited to start another chapter in my life and look forward to the possibilities that are ahead of me."
Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, said Botterill leaves a legacy that future Canadian women can proudly follow.
"Throughout her career with Canada's national women's team, Jennifer Botterill has been a role model for young girls playing hockey across the country, and I am sure she will continue to do so even in retirement," Nicholson said.
"We wish her the best in her future projects, and look forward to working with her to help continue to grow the women's game. Her infectious smile and cheerful personality will be missed in the dressing room and on the ice."