Old #22 is retiring.
Well, she’s not that old: only 38. But in hockey years, that’s old.
Born in Shaunavon, SK, she was a member of Canada’s women’s national ice hockey team for 23 years. She won five Olympic medals (four gold, one silver) and participated in a sixth Olympics in softball.
Some say she’s the best-ever female hockey player. She played in both a men’s and women’s professional league.
She just retired. After all, she needs to get going on that medical career. I wonder whether she’ll change that the way she changed hockey.
Sportsnet: What do you want people to think of when they think of your career and what you’ve done for the game?
Hayley: It’s a tough question to answer, I guess. What I’d want people to think about is that I truly love the game. I loved to play for Canada and represent the country, and I hope that my impact makes it easier for little girls now to play the game. And that they’ll have a chance to love it the way I did.
– Sportsnet interview after retirement announcement