Botterill retires from Team Canada

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET

Winnipeg's Jennifer Botterill, winner of three Olympic gold medals, retired Monday from the Canadian women's hockey team.

Botterill, 31, is one of only four Canadians to have participated in all four Olympic women's hockey tournaments, and has played 184 games in a Team Canada jersey, third behind only Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford.

Botterill is fifth all-time in national team scoring with 65 goals and 174 points.

I will always be grateful for all that hockey has given me in my playing career,” said Botterill. “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.”

Botterill was recently invited to the national team's upcoming selection camp and she will be sorely missed by the program.

“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,” said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “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.”


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