Two-time Olympic gold medallist Sarah Vaillancourt retires

Canada's Sarah Vaillancourt battles for a loose puck with Sabrina Zollinger of Switzerland during...

Canada's Sarah Vaillancourt battles for a loose puck with Sabrina Zollinger of Switzerland during the Women's World Championship at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa April 3, 2013. (QMI Agency file photo)

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, Last Updated: 9:09 PM ET

Two-time Olympian Sarah Vaillancourt announced her retirement from the Canadian women’s hockey team Thursday.

Vaillancourt, a two-time Olympic gold medallist from Sherbrooke, Que., most recently competed for Canada at the 2013 worlds in Ottawa, earning her sixth world championship medal after falling to the U.S. in the gold-medal game.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all those that helped me reach my dream of playing hockey for my country,” Vaillancourt said. “While it was difficult for me to come to this decision to retire, I know that there are great challenges and opportunities ahead for me.”

After joining the women’s national team in 2003, Vaillancourt appeared in a total of 107 games for Canada, recording 45 goals and 53 assists for 98 career international points.


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