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USA Hockey star Brianna Decker on retirement, Olympic career, coaching

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Brianna Decker had a clue that the 2022 Winter Olympics would be her last. 

She did not envision her decorated international women’s hockey playing career ending in excruciating pain on the ice of the Wukesong Sports Centre in Beijing during Team USA’s opening game against Finland.  

The injury – a broken left ankle and several torn ligaments – made Decker’s announcement last week that she was retiring that much easier. 

She’s also not going far from the ice at all. 

In August, Decker became the girls prep associate head coach and special advisor for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s, her prep school alma mater in Faribault, Minnesota. The program has produced countless NHL and women’s national team players. Decker is coaching under Gordie Stafford, whom she played for. 

“It’s been incredible being back there,” Decker told USA TODAY Sports. 

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Before her playing career formally ended last week, Decker was already an assistant on  three U-18 women’s world championship squads: 2019 (silver), 2020 (gold), 2023 (bronze). 

“I think when I was playing, that was my main focus, and coaching was something I picked up and wanted to dip my toes into,” Decker said. “Now I’m two feet in with coaching and that’s what I would say the difference is. I can put my full focus on these kids.” 

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