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Vaillancourt retires from Team Canada

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SARAH VAILLANCOURT shed tears many times over the last year thinking that her injuries were forcing her into retirement from the Canadian women's hockey team. The two-time Olympic gold medallist was able to announce her retirement Thursday with more satisfaction than sadness.

She represented Canada one last time at the world championship earlier this month in Ottawa.

"It was a perfect opportunity for me to really close the deal and enjoy my teammates one last time," Vaillancourt told The Canadian Press from her hometown of Sherbrooke, Que. "It was perfect closure for me."

Vaillancourt won Olympic gold with Canada in 2006 and 2010.

The 27-year-old forward had 45 goals and 53 assists in 107 career games with Canada. She appeared in six world championships and won gold in 2007.

The highlight of her career was winning Olympic gold in Vancouver. "Just having the chance to represent our country in our country and win the gold medal on top of it... I don't think anything will ever top that," she said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 19, 2013 C6

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