Cherie Piper retires from Team Canada

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics;Canada's Cherie Piper celebrates her first period goal during...

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics;Canada's Cherie Piper celebrates her first period goal during semifinal action at GM Place in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 as team Canada's womens Olympic hockey team played team Finland. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 PM ET

Another day, another retirement by a Canadian women’s hockey team star.

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Cherie Piper of Scarborough, Ont., announced her retirement from international competition Tuesday, the day after former teammate Kim St. Pierre packed it in. Last week, forward Sarah Vaillancourt hung up her skates.

“I want to take this time to thank everyone that has helped me along the way, from my first minor hockey coaches to the coaches and staff who helped at the national level,” Piper said. “I will definitely miss the camaraderie and competition that came with playing for Team Canada, but I am also excited about the challenges ahead of me, as I embark on a career in teaching.”

Piper, 31, played 111 games with the Canadian team over a 12-year span, winning three Olympic gold medals and one world championship. She had 40 goals and 78 assists.


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