Canadian forward Bailey Bram, who saw her 13-year career take her from the NCAA to CWHL, Swedish league and top levels of international hockey, today announced her retirement from hockey at the age of 29.
Winnipeg-born Bram got her first professional experience at Mercyhurst University, spending four seasons with the Lions, which also saw a trip to the 2010 Frozen Four. Bram was drafted eighth overall by the CWHL’s Brampton Thunder in 2012, spending two seasons before being traded to the Calgary Inferno in 2014. Bram was a key member of Calgary’s 2016 Clarkson Cup winning squad, which she won in her second of four seasons in Calgary. Between her time in Brampton and Calgary, Bram also joined Linköping HC of the Swedish league, joining them in time for the 2014 playoff run in which she scored the game-winning goal to capture the 2014 SDHL title.
Bram first joined Team Canada as part of the Under-18 squad in 2007, notching a U18 Silver Medal in 2018, along with two Gold, one SIlver and one Bronze with the National Development Team. Bram joined the senior club in 2012, spending six seasons with Team Canada at the highest level. Bram competed at five Women’s World Championships, taking home World Championship Gold in 2012, along with four Silver medals (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017), along with six Four Nations Cups, capturing two Gold (2013, 2014) and four Silver (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017) medals. Bram completed her international career with her lone Olympic appearance in 2018, helping Canada to win Silver in PyeongChang in a heartbreaking shootout loss.
Over the course of her career, Bram captured the IHLC on eight occasions, her first in a pre-Worlds exhibition match in 2012, and her final in a pre-Olympic exhibition game almost six years later. We wish Bailey and her family the very best for her retirement and the things to come!
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