Canadian legend Caroline Ouellette retires from hockey
A highly decorated hockey hero hangs up her skates, but she won’t be going too far from the sport she loves
Today, Caroline Ouellette announced her retirement.
Over her nearly 20-year career, Ouellette won four Olympic gold medals, six Worlds gold medals, six Worlds silver medals, and four Clarkson Cups.
In her four Olympic appearances, she has 26 points in 20 games; in her time with the Canadian National Team she has 242 points in 220 games. Her 87 goals makes her the third-highest scorer.
Ouellette spent her whole CWHL career in Montreal. In her 179 games, she amassed 314 points. She’ll retire as the league’s all-time points leader. The only active player close to her? Ann-Sophie Bettez at 215.
“What a privilege it was to play for Canada, I cherished every moment and loved every minute of it,” said Ouellette in a Hockey Canada press release. “I shared my passion for hockey with great teammates, coaches, and staff members that will remain lifelong friends. My journey with Team Canada taught me the importance of outstanding teamwork, the desire to always want to be better, and the ability to perform under pressure.”
Ouellette will still be around the rink, though. In an open letter addressed to Liv, her daughter with American Olympian Julie Chu, Ouellette announced that she will be on the coaching staff for Les Canadiennes and Hockey Canada at 4 Nations in November, as well as continuing with the Concordia Stingers.