After 23 years on Canada’s women’s hockey team, Hayley Wickenheiser is hanging up her skates.
The 38-year-old Shaunavon, Sask. native announced her retirement Friday, saying she is ready to start the next chapter in her life.
Wickenheiser told media that medical school and working in hockey in a different role is in her future.
Along with being known as Canada’s all-time leading scorer with 168 goals and 211 assists in 276 games, Wickenheiser leaves behind a legacy of inspiration for women in sport.
She began paving the way for female hockey players 33 years ago, and, over the years, watched as her story helped normalize girls playing hockey.
Wickenheiser took to Twitter Friday saying, “Dear Canada. It has been the great honour of my life to play for you. Time to hang em up!! Thank you!”
She finishes her hockey career with four Olympic gold medals and seven world titles.