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USA women's hockey star Kacey Bellamy retires

Kacey Bellamy, who retired Tuesday, played 15 years and won three Olympic medals for the United States women's hockey team. Photo by BDZ Sports/Wikimedia Commons
Kacey Bellamy, who retired Tuesday, played 15 years and won three Olympic medals for the United States women's hockey team. Photo by BDZ Sports/Wikimedia Commons

May 18 (UPI) -- Longtime women's hockey star Kacey Bellamy is retiring, the Team USA defender said Tuesday.

Bellmany made the announced on Instagram. The three-time Olympian turned 34 in April, and was expected to compete for the United States at the Winter Games in February in Beijing. She was a 15-year veteran with Team USA.

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"Hockey has given me the most incredible memories," Bellamy said in a video posted to her Instagram account.

"As tough of a decision that this is, I know in my heart that it is right. I have decided to step away from the game and start the next chapter of my life."

Bellamy helped Team USA end a 20-year gold medal drought at the 2018 Winter Games. She won silver medals at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics. Bellamy was an eight-time gold medalist in the International Federation Women's World Championships.

Bellamy scored 11 goals and logged 38 assists in 130 games for Team USA. She scored 22 goals with 83 assists in 166 games as a professional.

She attended college at the University of New Hampshire and spent her professional career with the Boston Blades and Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, and with the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League.

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