After making the Canadian roster for the 2015 World Championships only by virtue of an injury to Haley Irwin, decorated Olympian and World Champion Caroline Ouellette played her final game for Canada in their 7-5 Gold Medal loss to the United States, after confirming prior to the tournament that these World Championships would be her last time putting on the red and white.
Ouellette, who played collegiately for the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, finished third in Bulldog scoring all-time, was a two-time Patty Kazmaier Award finalist, and was named to the WCHA All-Decade Team. Since graduating, Ouellette has played competitively for Montréal in both the now-defunct NWHL and CWHL, winning the Clarkson Cup in 2009 and 2011 with the Montréal Stars. Ouellette has also twice been named CWHL MVP, and won the Angela James Bowl as the league’s top scorer in 2011.
Internationally, Ouellette has one of the most decorated records in women’s hockey history, finishing third all-time for games played and points for Canadian female players. Since joining the senior team in 1999, Ouellette has won four Olympic Gold Medals (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014), six World Championship Golds (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2012) and nine Three/Four Nations Cup Golds (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010), along with six World Championship and four Nations Cup silver medals. Ouellette, who served as Captain for Canada’s remarkable Sochi Gold Medal comeback, is also the first woman to join the unofficial “Triple Gold Club” of holding the Clarkson Cup, World Championship and Olympic Gold, after winning the Clarkson Cup with Montréal in 2009.
Since winning her first IHLC in 1999, Canada’s ninth overall International Hockey Lineal Championship reign, Ouellette has been a part of every Canadian reign since, winning the IHLC 21 times in her illustrious career, right up until Canada’s 30th and latest title, which they won from the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. While she was not able to win Gold in her final Canadian outing, Caroline can still hold her head high for her future, whether continuing to play in the CWHL, or her continuing work as a coach and ambassador for women’s hockey globally. We wish Caroline the best of luck in her future!