THREE-TIME Olympic gold medallist Kim St. Pierre has retired from the Canadian women's hockey team.
The veteran goaltender is the second player from the national team to recently announce her retirement after forward Sarah Vaillancourt of Sherbrooke, Que., did the same last week.
While Vaillancourt's decision was a surprise, St. Pierre's announcement was more of a formality.
The 34-year-old from Chateauguay, Que., took the 2011-12 season off to have a baby boy, Liam, with fiance Lenny Jo Goudreau.
St. Pierre returned to play goal this past season for the Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, but she hasn't played for Canada since the 2011 world championship.
Hockey Canada is expected to soon name a roster of 27 women who will try out for the 2014 Olympic team, so St. Pierre decided it was time to make her future plans known.
"Being part of three Olympic teams and nine world championship teams, I think I accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish," St. Pierre told The Canadian Press on Monday. "That's why I retire today with a big smile."
St. Pierre won Olympic gold in 2002, 2006 and 2010. She was Canada's starting goaltender in world championship finals from 2001 to 2008 and was named the tournament's top goalie in both 2001 and 2004. In her nine world championships, she won gold five times.
St. Pierre is Canada's all-time leading goaltender in games (83), wins (64) and shutouts (29).
She is pursuing a career in real estate and wants to have more children. She's helping a friend with a girls' hockey school and expects to do some television work in the future.
-- The Canadian Press