Three-time Olympic gold medallist Kim St. Pierre has retired from the Canadian women's hockey team.

The veteran goaltender is the second player from the national team to recently announce her retirement after forward Sarah Vaillancourt of Sherbrooke, Que., did the same last week.

While Vaillancourt's decision was a surprise, St. Pierre's announcement was more of a formality.

The 34-year-old from Chateauguay, Que., took the 2011-12 season off to have a baby boy, Liam, with fiance Lenny Jo Goudreau.