TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Danielle Goyette, three-time Olympic medallist
and Canada's flag bearer at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, today
announced her retirement from the national women's hockey team. The Canadian
Olympic Committee (COC) congratulates Goyette on her distinguished and
decorated career, in which she finishes second on the all-time Canadian
women's scoring list.
"Two years ago all Canadians felt considerable pride in having Danielle
lead the Olympic team into Torino as our flag bearer," said COC president
Michael Chambers. "She has been such an important athlete and ambassador for
the country, distinguishing herself as an outstanding Canadian on and off the
ice. We wish her all the best in her future pursuits."
Goyette, 41, has been a member of the national women's team since the
1991-92 season. In 172 games, she amassed 219 points and is one of only three
Canadian women to reach the 100-goal plateau (114) in international
competition. Her leadership role was recognized in 2006 when the COC selected
Goyette as the first female hockey player to carry Canada's flag into an
Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony.
She was an integral part of two gold medal performances by the women's
team in 2006 and at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games. In Nagano,
Team Canada earned a silver medal as women's hockey was first introduced at
the Olympic Winter Games, and Goyette's eight goals led the entire tournament.
The Quebec native now turns to coaching, where she currently heads the
University of Calgary women's hockey team, and is assistant coach with the
National Women's Under-18 Team.
For further information:
For further information: Steve Keogh, Manager, Media Relations, Canadian
Olympic Committee, Work: (416) 324-4146, Cell: (416) 806-3949, Email: