Women's Hockey

After eleven years in the best leagues of Sweden, Canada, and Switzerland, 180 games for the national team, a bronze medal at the Olympics and one at the World Championships, Anja Stiefel has decided to retire and focus on her job instead.

Photo: athleticpictures.ch / Andreas Haas

The 27-year-old forward made an impact on the SWHL A for eight years, winning two championships with Lugano (2013-14; 2014-15) and making the top-10 of the scorer list for four times. As an 18-year-old she played one season for the "Calgary x-treme-Team", in 2016 she joined Luleå HF. She played in eight World Championships and two Olympic Games but was not part of the team for Pyeongchang.

Stiefel has already completed the first half of her training as a naturopathic practitioner during her time in Lugano. Now she will finish her training and focus on building her company Stiefelcoaching (www.stiefelcoaching.com). "I've achieved everything I could have achieved in my long career. By winning the Swedish championship I was able to fulfil my last dream. Now I am dedicating myself to my professional future," says Anja Stiefel, who emphasizes that "it was not easy for me to say goodbye to ice hockey. But I am pleased and motivated to take the next step."

Last Update: 25 May 2018, 05:47 AM | dmo/mso*