WINCHENDON, Mass. – ASHI USA Women’s National Ball Hockey Team defenseman Roxanne Gaudiel (Venice, FL) has announced her retirement due to post-concussion symptoms.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision,” said Gaudiel. “After much consideration for my long term health, I’ve decided to retire from ball hockey due to concussion-related injuries. It was an honor to be part of this team, and I am saddened to not be able to represent my country.”
In February, Gaudiel was named an assistant captain for the USA Women’s National Team scheduled to compete at the 2017 ISBHF World Senior and Women’s Ball Hockey Championship June 3-10 in Pardubice, CZE. This would have been her first appearance for the Women’s National Team.
In 2016 she captured the silver medal with the USA Women’s Masters Blue Team at the World Championships in Banff, AB. Gaudiel was named to the women’s All-Star team and was awarded player of the game against Canada I in pool play.
“Roxanne is one of the best pure hockey players that I have come across in my time with the national program,” said GM Jason Kelly. “She is a true leader on and off the floor and will be highly missed as a hockey player, a leader, and a friend. She is irreplaceable.”
Head coach Gwen Ranquist-Lemieux added, “We are going to miss her no-fear persona, and the courage to play above and beyond her capacity no matter what team we would be playing against. I am hoping that her teammates are inspired by her mental toughness and step up in her honour”
A record-setting goaltender at Princeton University, Gaudiel also played on USA Hockey’s U-22 National team in 2003 and for the Quebec Avalanche of the original NWHL. She currently serves as a coach for the NY Sled Rangers – a youth sled hockey team – and the goalie coach for the Central Park Lady Hawks in New York City.
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