Biography:

Meaghan Mikkelson joined Canada’s National Women’s Team in 2007 after playing for the national under-22 team from 2003 to 2006. Since then she has won two Olympic gold medals at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 and played in seven IIHF Women’s World Championships, winning gold in 2012 along with six silver medals. At the 2011 World Championship she was named as the best defenceman and earned a spot on the Media All-Star Team. She was also named to the Media All-Star team in 2013. After Sochi 2014, Mikkelson took a season away from hockey to start a family with her husband Scott, a former professional goaltender. Their son Calder was born in September 2015 and named following a national vote on Twitter. In her return to the world championships in 2016, she was one of Canada’s top-scoring defencemen with two goals.

Mikkelson came to the national team at the conclusion of her collegiate career with the University of Wisconsin Badgers, with whom she won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2005-06 and 2006-07. In her senior year she was an All-American and a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top female player in NCAA hockey after switching from forward to defence prior to the season. In 2011-12 Mikkelson began playing with Alberta (now the Calgary Inferno) of the CWHL. In 2015-16 she won the Clarkson Cup with the Inferno. The following season she was named CWHL Defenceman of the Year.

PERSONAL

Family: Father Bill played for three NHL teams in the 1970s… Brother Brendan won the 2007 Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants and plays professionally in Sweden… Outside Interests:  Studied at the University of Wisconsin from 2003 to 2007 on athletic scholarship playing for the Badgers Division I hockey team… Graduated from the School of Business as a Marketing major with a 3.4 GPA… Odds and Ends: Played flute in a marching band…