One of the greatest hockey players ever has decided to take on the next challenge.
Caroline Ouellette announced her retirement today via a letter to her daughter Liv. She will focus on coaching with Les Canadiennes and with the Concordia Stingers where her fiancee Julie Chu is the head coach. She is also expected to continue to be involved with the Canadian national team, and will be part of the staff at the upcoming 4 Nations.
“I enjoyed and enjoyed every moment,” she wrote. “During my 16 years on the Canadian team, I loved the highs and lows, and I always had the motivation to redouble my efforts after the failures. Every day, I felt both a joy and a responsibility to do everything in my power to be the best athlete possible.”
Ouellette is the all-time leading scorer in CWHL history and is the only player to score 300 points over her career. She has won four Clarkson Cups, four Olympic gold medals, six World Championship gold medals and six silvers.
Ouellette played her college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth while becoming a mainstay with Team Canada. Ouellette was the captain of Team Canada, and even made the move to defence for a bit, showing how she always put her team first.
Last year, Ouellette, 39, gave birth to her daughter, which had her miss most of the CWHL season. She ended up playing six games in the regular season and two playoff games with the Canadiennes.
Ouellette was pregnant with Liv when the team won the Clarkson Cup in 2017 (pictured above), her fourth. Chu was also on that team.
She finishes her career second all-time in CWHL goals and leaves a legacy behind her that will be hard to match by anyone who comes after her.