American defender Megan Bozek, a mainstay in both the premier North American women’s pro leagues and the Team USA roster for over a decade, today formally announced her retirement from the sport at the age of 32.
A University of Minnesota graduate, Bozek was a two time NCAA Champion in 2012 and 2013, turning pro the following year with the Toronto Furies of the CWHL, before joining the upstart NWHL with the Buffalo Beauts one season later, capturing the Isobel Cup in 2017. Bozek would return to Canada with the Markham Thunder for the next two seasons, capturing the Clarkson Cup in 2018, making her one of the rare players to win both the Isobel and Clarkson Cups. After the CWHL folded in 2019, Bozek followed the league’s KRS Vanke Rays squad to Shenzhen, China, where they joined the Russian ZhHL for two more seasons, capturing the league title in 2020.
A Chicago-area native, Bozek first joined Team USA’s Under-18 squad in 2009, making her World Championship debut in 2012. Bozek would medal at all six of her Worlds appearances, capturing four Gold (2013, 2016, 2017, 2019) and two Silver (2012, 2021) medals. She would also capture five Nations Cups titles (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), as well as the 2019-20 Rivalry Series title, but her career highlight was her two Olympic appearances in 2014 and 2022, capturing Silver in both Sochi and Beijing, making the tournament all-star team at the latter.
Bozek captured the IHLC eleven times over the course of her career, winning ten years apart with victories in 2011 and 2021, respectively. We wish Megan and her family the very best for her retirement and the things to come!
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