Kookaburras coach Colin Batch has paid tribute to the team's co-captain and appearance record-holder Eddie Ockenden.
The Tasmanian talisman skippered the national team in his 380th international as he completed his fourth Olympic Games by adding a silver medal to the bronzes he won in Beijing and London.
Australia drew 1-1 with reigning world champion Belgium at the Oi Hockey Stadium before losing a shootout.
"Eddie has been an incredible player for the Kookaburras," said Batch, who has enjoyed a front-row seat of the 34-year-old's illustrious international career.
"When I was the assistant coach Eddie was just starting, that was leading into the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"He's had an incredible career. He's got such good support around him as well and I think he would be the first one to give credit to his family, his partner, that he can continue to train and do what he loves to do and I think that's the secret to Eddie."
Batch said the Hobart-born multiple World Cup, World League, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games winner was guaranteed a unique place in Australian hockey history however long he chooses to play on for.
"He's been gifted in the way that he doesn't get many injuries but also the support around him enables him to do what he loves and he just loves playing hockey and training for hockey," he said.
"As you get a bit older you lose the incentive to actually train, but he just loves being around the boys and training and I think that's the secret of Eddie and why he's continued to play at such a high level for such a long time."
Eddie has been an incredible player for the Kookaburras- Australian coach Colin Batch
Tasmanian Institute of Sport director Paul Austen said Ockenden had been an exceptional ambassador for his state and country.
"In the sport of hockey, Eddie has been a Tasmanian athlete of the highest calibre on the world stage, not just in the number of times he has represented his country but the way he conducts himself," he said.
"He is an outstanding athlete and human being and deserves all the accolades and plaudits for what he has achieved."
A product of Hobart's North West Grads club, Ockenden was named world young player of the year after bursting onto the Olympic scene in 2008 and has since won two World Cups (2010 and '14), two World Leagues (2015 and '17), seven Champions Trophies (2008, '09, '10, '11, '12, '16 and '18), three Commonwealth Games (2010, '14 and '18) and the FIH Pro League (2019).
He surpassed five-time world player of the year Jamie Dwyer's record of 365 international appearances in March 2020.
The silver medals brought home by Ockenden and his Kookaburras teammate Josh Beltz completed the most successful Olympics ever for Tasmanian athletes.
Freestyle swimmer Ariarne Titmus also claimed two golds (200 and 400-metre), one silver (800m) and one bronze (4x200m relay) while Sarah Hawe, Daniel Watkins, Jake Birtwhistle, Georgia Baker and Stewart McSweyn all achieved top-10 finishes.