U.S. women’s team defender Anne Schleper, an 11-year veteran of the national team and player in both the CWHL and NWHL, today announced her retirement at the age of 27.
Schleper, a Minnesota native who was a star defender at the University of Minnesota (where she won the national championship in 2012), spent a season each in the CWHL and NWHL, playing for the Boston Blades in the former and the Buffalo Beauts in the latter. Schleper was a First Team All-American in 2010) All-WCHA First Team member in 2012, and WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
Schleper joined the senior women’s team at the 2008 Four Nations Cup, becoming a permanent blueline mainstay in 2010. Schleper played at four World Championships, six Four Nations Cups and the 2014 Sochi Olympics, capturing three World Championship Golds (2011, 2013, 2015) and four Nations Cup Golds (2008, 2012, 2015, 2016), along with silverware from the 2014 Games, 2012 Worlds and 2010 Four Nations Cup, and a 2013 Four Nations bronze medal to round out her collection, on top of 24 points in 68 career games with the National Team.
As for the IHLC, Schleper won her first title at the 2010 Four Nations Cup, capturing another seven titles over a six year span, with the last title coming at the most recent Four Nations Cup. We wish Anne and her family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!