02/17/2015 04:50 EST | Updated 04/19/2015 05:59 EDT

Hayley Wickenheiser to have season-ending foot surgery, miss women's hockey worlds in Sweden

CALGARY - Four-time Olympic gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser will have season-ending foot surgery and won't play for Canada in the upcoming women's world hockey championships.

Wickenheiser, Canada's all-time leading scorer, played in last year's Winter Olympics with a broken bone in her left foot. She had surgery last summer but her foot problems persists.

The 36-year-old Wickenheiser intends to play next season.

The women's worlds begin March 28 in Sweden.