Melodie Daoust retires at age 32

Melodie Daoust (Genevieve2, Wikimedia Commons)

According to the Canadian Press on Tuesday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Melodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Quebec is retiring from women’s hockey at the age of 32. Daoust won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

Daoust had four goals and five assists for nine points in 13 games at the Olympic level. In addition to her two Olympic gold medals, she won silver at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Her best Olympic Winter Games came six years ago when Canada lost the gold medal game 3-2 to the United States in a shootout. Even though Canada did not win gold, Daoust was the Olympic Winter Games’s most valuable player, as she had three goals and four assists for seven points in five games.

Daoust also won two medals for Canada at the Women’s World Hockey Championship. She won gold at the 2021 Women’s World Hockey Championship in Calgary and bronze at the 2019 Women’s World Hockey Championships in Espoo, Finland. In 15 games there, she had six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. Daoust was the scoring leader at the 2021 Women’s World Hockey Championship in Calgary (six goals and six assists for 12 points in eight games) and was the tournament MVP. This past season, Daoust played for Montreal in the Professional Women’s Hockey League and had three goals and two assists for five points in six games.

Next season, Daoust plans to coach College Bourget in Rigaud, Quebec. She was the head coach this past year as well.

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