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Meghan Agosta announces retirement from Canada’s National Women’s Team

Three-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time world champion officially retires after 16 seasons

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February 16, 2024

CALGARY, Alberta – Three-time Olympic and two-time IIHF Women’s World Championship gold medallist Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, ON) officially announced her retirement from international competition with Canada’s National Women’s Team on Friday.

The 37-year-old made her debut in 2004, winning gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games in 2006, 2010 and 2014, and was Top Scorer, Most Valuable Player, Best Forward and a media all-star at the 2010 Olympics. She also added a silver medal at the 2018 Olympics, and finishes her career ranked sixth all-time in goals (85) and points (176), and seventh in assists (91) with Team Canada.

Agosta also wore the Maple Leaf at the IIHF Women’s World Championship eight times, winning two gold medals (2007, 2012) and six silver (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017). She made her program debut with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team in 2004, winning three gold medals at the Air Canada Cup (2005, 2007, 2008) and gold at the 2009 MLP Cup, and is the all-time leading scorer with Canada’s National Women’s Development Team (23-27—50 in 32 games played).

“As I announce my retirement from Hockey Canada, I reflect on a journey that began with a childhood dream of proudly wearing the Maple Leaf on the world stage. From the moment I first donned the jersey, to representing Canada at world championships and the Olympic Games, that dream became a reality,” Agosta said. “Looking back, as I embark on this new chapter and with a little girl of my own eager to follow in my footsteps, I am overwhelmed with pride. Every moment and memory has shaped the career I hold dear, and I owe immense gratitude to my family, teammates and coaches, whose unwavering support propelled me forward, their belief in me fuelling every stride, goal and victory.”

Agosta played two seasons (2011-13) with the Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), winning the Clarkson Cup in 2012 and becoming the first player to win the Angela James Bowl as the league’s leading scorer in back-to-back seasons. She was also named CWHL Player of the Year in 2011-12, the same year she set the CWHL single-season scoring record (41-39—80 in 27 games played). Agosta won gold medals with Ontario at the 2003 Canada Winter Games and Ontario Red at the January 2005 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.

She played four seasons (2006-09, 2010-11) at Mercyhurst University, serving as captain for her final two years and helping the Lakers reach the championship game at the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four. She finished her college career as with the most goals (157) and points (303) in NCAA history, and was an NCAA First Team All-American in all four seasons.

 “I am eternally grateful to my family, whose love and sacrifices have been my foundation. To my teammates, who became sisters on the ice, I thank you for the camaraderie, laughter and shared triumphs, and for the bonds we forged that transcend the game,” continued Agosta. “To the coaches whose guidance and mentorship sculpted me into the player and person I am today, your impact will endure long beyond the rink. To the Canadian fans whose cheers echoed in arenas across the globe, thank you for the unwavering support and the passion that fuelled our fire every game. It has been an honour to represent Canada, wear the red and white with pride, and inspire the next generation of athletes.”

Prior to announcing her retirement, Agosta put her criminal justice and criminalistics psychology education to use by pursuing a career in law enforcement. She took a break from hockey after the 2014 Olympics to attend the police academy, became a full-time constable with the Vancouver Police Department in May 2015. She balanced her duties as a police officer and an athlete to make a return to Canada’s National Women’s Team in 2015 in preparation for the 2018 Olympics.

“We wish Meghan all the best in her retirement from the National Women’s Team, and thank her for her contributions to Hockey Canada, the National Women’s Program and the game as a whole,” said Cherie Piper (Scarborough, ON), senior manager of scouting and player development. “Meghan was an invaluable asset to Team Canada on the international stage, and was a key member of four Olympic teams. She used her dynamic skillset to leave an indelible mark on the hockey world, and we wish her continued success in her career with the Vancouver Police Department.” 

To view Agosta’s personal retirement announcement, please click here.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, X and Instagram.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

[email protected] 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

[email protected]

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

[email protected]

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