09/13/2011 01:08 EDT | Updated 11/13/2011 05:12 EST

Canadian defender Ferrari retires

Gillian Ferrari is retiring from the Canadian women's hockey team, it was announced on Tuesday.

Ferrari, 31, won gold with Canada at the 2006 Olympics and won two gold and two silver as part of the country's world championship entrants in recent years.

"I consider myself very lucky to have been a part of Team Canada for many years,” Ferrari said in a Hockey Canada statement. "I cherish the memories and the friends that I have made and I am so thankful to have played with such an amazing group of inspiring women. Thank you to my teammates, coaches and everyone else who has supported me over the years. I look forward to the next stage of my life."

The defender first cracked the national team in 2000-01, and made 83 international appearances in total for Canada. She has also suited up for teams in both the Western Women's Hockey League and the National Women's Hockey League.

Ferrari is taking sports psychology at McGill and playing on the university's hockey team.