Canadian forward Haley Irwin, a two-time Olympic and one-time World Championship Gold medal winner, today announced her retirement from the Canadian national team at age 31.
After spending two seasons in the original NWHL, Irwin joined the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2007, winning the NCAA title and rookie of the year in 2008, as well as being named a two-time Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist. Irwin joined the CWHL in 2012, spending one season with the Montréal Stars before spending her final three seasons with the Calgary Inferno, making the Clarkson Cup Finals in 2013 and 2017, taking a year off in 2015-16, when the Inferno captured the Clarkson Cup, which would have made Irwin a member of the women’s Triple Gold Club. Since her final pro season in 2018, Irwin has since worked in coaching with Hockey Canada, and now serves as an assistant coach with the Ryerson University women’s team.
Irwin first joined the senior Canadian team at the 2009 Women’s World Championship, and the following year debuting with the Olympic team in Vancouver. In total, Irwin played at five World Championships (2009, 2011-13, 2017), winning Gold in 2012 and Silver in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017, along with Olympic Gold in 2010 and 2014 and a Silver in 2018. She also captured four Golds (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) and four Silvers (2011, 2012, 2016, 2017) at the Four Nations Cup. Irwin retires with 80 points (38 goals, 42 assists) in 108 games between 2009 and 2018, with the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics being her final tournament with Team Canada.
Over her 11-year stint with Team Canada, Irwin captured the IHLC with every Canadian reign in that span, first winning the title in March 2009, in the lead-up to her first World Championship, with her final victory coming in December 2017, in the lead-up to her final Olympics in 2018. We wish Haley and her family the very best for her retirement and the things to come!