Cassie calls it quits

Team Canada captain Cassie Campbell retired Wednesday from the women's national hockey program....

Team Canada captain Cassie Campbell retired Wednesday from the women's national hockey program. (Calgary Sun/Stuart Dryden)

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

Cassie Campbell only had one goal. Season after season, it never changed.

She was always about the 'W'.

For Campbell, who announced her retirement yesterday, there was nothing left to win. But she'll still miss the sweet taste of victory.

"For me, it was about winning," Campbell said. "I never had many personal goals other than to win championships.

"As far as I know, I've won every championship there is to win.

"But not being able to hoist the Clarkson Cup (given to the national women's champions) in the future is something I'll be sad about. I might be able to do it as a coach one day but definitely not as a player."

The 32-year-old Team Canada captain could have hung around to go for a third straight Olympic gold medal in Vancouver.

But she insisted she will not be tempted to lace 'em up again competitively.

"I hope I'm not one of those athletes who retires and then comes back," she said. "I don't want to be like that.

"I guess you never say never. But I am saying never.

"I'll be there in 2010 in some capacity. I'm looking forward to being a fan and cheering on my teammates."

Campbell scored 32 goals and 100 points in 157 career games with the national team and won six world championships.

But of all her accomplishments on the world stage, she singled out a rather obscure achievement as one of her most memorable.

"There's so many. But my university championship in '95, at the University of Guelph, nobody knows about that but I definitely do," she said, before adding, "(And) obviously the two gold medals at the Olympics.

"But I think the thing that stands out in my mind is how much fun I've had with my teammates along the way. It's those behind-the-scenes memories that I'll cherish the most."

Campbell was humbled by the media attention her announcement garnered yesterday and admitted to being a tad nervous about beginning a new chapter in her life.

"I wasn't expecting all this hoopla," she said. "It's been a little overwhelming, to say the least.

"It's a little bit scary because it's change. Any time in your life when there's change, it's a stressful time.

"But I know I made the right decision and I'm completely happy with it. I'll miss playing and hanging out with my teammates."

Campbell, the face of women's hockey in Canada, won't be putting her feet up for long.

She'll continue to work with sponsors General Motors and McDonalds and she's also writing a pair of books.

The Brampton, Ont., product will likely join Hockey Canada at some point, where her husband, Brad Pascall, works as the senior director of men's national teams.

"Without question. I owe Hockey Canada so much and women's hockey owes Hockey Canada so much. They've done a lot for our program.

"So anything they ask me to get involved in, I will gladly do so."

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OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN

Born: Nov. 22, 1973

Hometown: Brampton, Ont.

Position: Left wing

Height: 5 ft. 7 in.

Weight:150 lb.

- Won two Olympic gold medals

(2006 Turin, 2002 Salt Lake City) and one silver (1998 Nagano) in three Olympic appearances.

- Won six world titles in seven appearances.

- Scored 32 goals and 68 assists in 157 career games for the Nats and was named captain in 2001.


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