American forward Dani Cameranesi today officially announced her retirement from professional hockey at the age of 27, capping an over-decade long career highlighted by two NCAA Championships, two World Championships and an Olympic Gold Medal.
A native of Plymouth, Minnesota, Cameranesi joined the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers in 2013, winning national titles in 2015 and 2016 as part of her collegiate career. Joining the NWHL in their inaugural 2018-19 season, Cameranesi would spend just one season with the Isobel Cup runner-up Buffalo Beauts, opting instead to join the PWHPA the following season. Cameranesi would spend two seasons touring North America with the PWHPA, the first with Team Coyne (headed by Team USA captain Kendall Coyne), and her last with Team Adidas, playing out of her native Minnesota.
Debuting for the national Under-18 team in 2012, Cameranesi first joined the national senior team at the 2015 World Championship at age 19, helping Team USA to their second of what would be five consecutive Gold Medals, the first of her three World Championship appearances; she would win Gold again in 2019, and a Silver in 2021. Cameranesi would also capture Four Nations Cup Gold in 2017 and 2018, but arguably her biggest achievement was being part of the Olympic team in PyeongChang that won Team USA Gold for the first time in two decades, notching five points in five games. Cameranesi would also win a Silver at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, her final international tournament, capping her career with 24 goals and 58 points in 87 games in the red, white and blue.
Over the course of her career, Cameranesi captured the IHLC a total of eight times, the first coming at the 2015 World Championship, and the final coming six years later in the Rivalry Series against Canada. We wish Dani and her family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!