Haley Wickenheiser not be ready to hang up skates

Hayley Wickenheiser of the Olympic Winter Games gold medal winning women's hockey team holds up her...

Hayley Wickenheiser of the Olympic Winter Games gold medal winning women's hockey team holds up her medal as she arrives at the Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Alta., on Tuesday February 25, 2014. Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

James Emery, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:16 PM ET

If Canada’s dramatic overtime win over the United States in Sochi was Hayley Wickenheiser’s swan song, there’s arguably no better way to go out.

If the 35-year-old who calls Calgary home still has another four years in the tank, the face of women’s hockey in Canada could sling a fifth-straight gold medal around her neck in 2018 in South Korea.

“Right now, I feel like I could go another four (years),” Wickenheiser said Tuesday night after arriving home at the Calgary airport. “Right now, I’ve got everything set up the way I need it to be. I love to play and I still feel like I’ve got lots left, but right now I think I need a holiday.”

It’s a rest well-deserved and earned.

The national team played 52 games since it began its Olympic journey 11 months ago, tangling with local midget and junior teams as it barnstormed across Alberta in preparation for Sochi.

The players trained as hard as any other professional team and travelled extensively.

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