Changing of the guard: Cherie Piper latest Canadian women's hockey player to retire

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Cherie Piper has retired from the Canadian women’s hockey team.

Piper won Olympic gold in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

She had 40 goals and 78 assists in 111 career games over 12 seasons for Canada.

Piper last played for Canada at the 2011 world hockey championship.

“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 said in a statement released by Hockey Canada.

The 31-year-old forward from Toronto is the third player to make that announcement in the past week following forward Sarah Vaillancourt of Sherbrooke, Que., and goaltender Kim St. Pierre of Chateauguay, Que.

The Canadian Press

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