The greatest player in Olympic women’s hockey history is not ready to call the Sochi Olympics her farewell.
Hayley Wickenheiser is one of two Canadians to play in every Olympic tournament (Jayna Hefford is the other), winning silver in 1998 and gold in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
Wickenheiser took tournament MVP honors in 2002 and 2006, read the athlete’s oath at the 2010 Olympics and is the all-time leading scorer in Olympic women’s hockey history.
She’s 35 with seemingly nothing left to accomplish on the international stage, yet Sochi may not be her final Olympics.
“It is not something I have decided,” the 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward told the Medicine Hat (Alberta) News going into the first of a six-game exhibition series between the U.S. and Canada on Saturday night in Burlington, Vt.
That decision will come after the Sochi Games, where Canada will attempt to win its fourth straight Olympic gold. That would match the men’s hockey record for consecutive Olympic titles, held by Canada (1920-36) and the Soviet Union (1964-76).
The U.S. women own the momentum, though, winning the World Championship on Canadian ice in April.
“I guess we go in as underdogs,” Wickenheiser told the newspaper before Canada beat an Alberta boys junior team Wednesday night. “I love going into those big battles against the U.S. and the big games that we play in. It kind of fuels the fire to keep playing.”