Black Sticks captain and legend Stacey Michelsen has called time on her illustrious international career.
Stacey earned 296 caps playing for the Vantage Black Sticks making her the highest capped Vantage Black Sticks Women’s player.
Credit to her longevity, she competed at three Olympic Games; and three Commonwealth games where she earned bronze, silver, and gold medals.
In addition to those accolades, she was also the 2011 International Hockey Federation
(FIH) women’s Young Player of the Year – the first Black Sticks player to win an FIH award.
Michelsen is looking forward to being able to spend more time with friends and family with plans to get married next year after having to delay her wedding.
“I am also extremely lucky to have a job that I love, with a law firm that has been incredibly supportive of me while I have been balancing work and hockey over the past few years. I am so grateful for this and am looking forward to being able to put more time and energy into my job.
“Playing for the Black Stick’s has always been an absolute privilege, and something I will always treasure. Hockey has given me some incredible opportunities and experiences leaving me with so many good memories and even greater friends.
Current Blacks Sticks women’s coach Graham Shaw, who has coached Michelsen since 2018, paid tribute to the long-time captain.
“Stacey has been one of most dominant players in the international game for a decade and that is a credit to the talent she possesses, the work ethic she applies every day, and a desire to learn and continuously improve her game.
“Stacey is without doubt the most influential player I have had the pleasure to work with and she will be missed dearly by all her teammates and management. It will be strange not having Stacey in the Black Sticks set-up on a week-to-week basis.”