US Olympic women's hockey player Anne Schleper retires

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Olympic defender Anne Schleper retired from the U.S. women's national hockey team program Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Schleper earned a silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and helped the United States win world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

''I will forever cherish the dreams I accomplished with my teammates and the amazing journey we took together. I am so very proud to have been a part of Team USA and representing something greater than ourselves at all times,'' Schleper said in a statement. ''I'd like to thank my family, friends, everyone at USA Hockey, and those who supported me during the past 11 years.''

From St. Cloud, Minnesota, the former University of Minnesota star had six goals and 18 assists in 68 games for Team USA.

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