June 29, 1981|
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Weight||168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)|
Dartmouth Big Green
Cherie Piper (born June 29, 1981) is a Canadian former ice hockey player residing in Markham, Ontario. She was a member of the Canadian national women's hockey team and played for the Brampton Thunder of the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). Piper has won three Olympic gold medals with the Canadian national team in 2002, 2006 and 2010, as well as one world championship title in 2004.
She competed for Canada's Under 22 team from 1999 to 2001. In 1999, she competed for Ontario in the Canada Winter Games. During the 2000–01 NWHL season, Cherie Piper played with the Beatrice Aeros and finished seventh in league scoring with 37 points. Piper was a member of the Under-22 team in 2002 when she was named to the Olympic team for 2002 Salt Lake City Games ahead of veteran Nancy Drolet as part of a move to shake up a Canadian team that had lost eight consecutive games to the United States. It was a decision that shocked other members of the team. She recorded a goal and an assist in her first game of the Olympics, and finished the tournament with five points in five games in helping Canada win the gold medal.
She played four seasons at Dartmouth College between 2002 and 2007, scoring 60 goals and 165 assists in 99 games for the Big Green. She missed the end of the 2003–04 season to play with the Canadian national team at the 2004 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships where she won a gold medal. Piper was named a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2005. She led Dartmouth in scoring that season with 60 points. She won a second Olympic gold medal in 2006 and her 15 points was second to Hayley Wickenheiser (17).
A knee injury in her senior year at Dartmouth forced her off of the national team for over a year and caused her to miss the 2007 World Championships. She rejoined the team in time for the 2008 tournament where she won her second silver medal. She was cut from the 2009 team, but gained a spot on the 2010 Olympic team, winning a third consecutive gold medal.
Piper was born June 29, 1981 in East York, Ontario (Toronto East General Hospital), the third child of Alan and Christine Piper. She has two older brothers, Michael and Stephen, and followed her brothers in taking up the sport. She graduated from Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute (Scarborough, Ontario). She majored in sociology at Dartmouth. Her Middle School Was Henry Kelsey Senior Public School on Huntingwood And Brimley. Her elementary school was Alexmuir Junior Public School located on Brimley And Finch.
On June 7, 2018, Cherie married long-time beau, Joe Butkevich in a ceremony at Memorial Gardens in Butkevich's hometown of North Bay, Ontario.
Awards and honours
- Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 164, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
- Francis, Eric (2002-01-16). "Sniper's release shocks players". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
- Hunter, Paul (2002-02-12). "Piper makes a stellar debut". Toronto Star. p. C02.
- "Cherie Piper profile". CTV. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
- "Cherie Piper player profile". Dartmouth College. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
- Podnieks, Andrew. Canada's Olympic Hockey History 1920–2010. Toronto: Fenn Publishing. p. 242. ISBN 1-55168-323-7.
- "Olympian Cherie Piper battles for her job on Canadian women's hockey team". Canadian Press. 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
- "Team Canada women's hockey team roster unveiled in Calgary". Calgary Herald. 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2010-01-25.[dead link]
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-02-25.