Hockey: Black Sticks captain Stacey Michelsen retires after record-breaking career

Black Sticks captain Stacey Michelsen has retired from hockey, after a 12-year career at the highest level.

Michelsen, 30, earned 296 caps for New Zealand - the most by a women's player - and competed at three Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games.

She claimed Commonwealth Games gold at Gold Coast 2018, silver at Delhi 2010 and bronze at Glasgow 2014.

"Playing for the Black Sticks has always been an absolute privilege and something I will always treasure," Michelsen says. 

"Hockey has given me some incredible opportunities and experiences, leaving me with so many good memories and even greater friends.

"I have had so much support throughout every stage of my hockey career and I am grateful for every single person who has been a part of this journey."

Black Sticks women's coach Graham Shaw congratulated Michelsen on her career, labelling her as "the most influential player" he's worked with.

"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."

In retirement, Michelsen looks forward to spending time with family and marrying Olympic cyclist Sam Webster in 2022, as well as working with law firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts.