COC Congratulates Danielle Goyette on Distinguished Career in Women’s Hockey

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.