Micah Zandee-Hart became the first hockey player from Vancouver Island to play on the National Women’s Team when she got into a pair of games against the United States in December 2016. Zandee-Hart’s first experience with the national team program was at a pair of IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships. She won a gold medal in 2014 and was captain of the 2015 team that won silver. At the latter she was named one of Canada’s top three players of the tournament and was selected to the Media All-Star team. She then advanced to the U22 national development team and represented Canada at the 2016 and 2017 Nations Cup tournaments, winning gold and silver, respectively.
Zandee-Hart was among the last players to be cut from the centralization roster ahead of PyeongChang 2018. It was later in 2018 that she competed in her first major tournament with the national team as she helped Canada to silver at the Four Nations Cup. She made her debut at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2019, picking up a pair of assists en route to a bronze medal. She was also named to Canada’s roster for the 2020 World Championship which was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Back with the national team in 2021, Zandee-Hart fractured a thumb during a January training camp while blocking a shot. Just as she was getting back into game shape, a shoulder injury in March would require surgery, keeping her out of the 2021 World Championship. Once fully recovered, Zandee-Hart was back for Olympic centralization and competed in Rivalry Series games against the United States in December.
Zandee-Hart played collegiately at Cornell University where she served as co-captain in her last three seasons, becoming just the second sophomore to wear the ‘C’. She was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team in 2016 and to the All-ECAC and All-Ivy First Teams in 2017. After redshirting in 2018 while centralized with the Olympic team, she returned to East Hill in 2019, leading the team in blocks and points by a defenceman. She was named to the All-Ivy second team and All-ECAC and All-USCHO third teams for her efforts. As a senior in 2020 she led the Big Red to their first ever number one national ranking. They won the Ivy League Championship, but the NCAA Championships were cancelled due to the pandemic. Zandee-Hart was a nominee for the Patty Kazmaier Award, an All-Ivy and All-ECAC Second Team selection, and named to the third team All-USCHO. She finished her university career as Cornell’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 225 and was also an All-Ivy Academic Team pick in her last two seasons.
After graduating, Zandee-Hart joined the PWHPA, playing for the Calgary-based team during the 2021 Dream Gap Tour.
A Little More About Micah
Getting into the Sport: Has wanted to represent Canada at the Olympics since watching the women’s team win gold at Salt Lake City 2002… Outside Interests: Graduated from Cornell University in 2020 with a degree in Psychology and minor in English… During the pandemic served as an assistant coach for the Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna’s women’s U18 prep team… Would like to continue coaching and get her masters in psychology/counselling… Enjoys going to the movies, watching tennis, playing board or card games, playing multiple sports; tennis, golf, spikeball… Odds and Ends: Served as the flag bearer for Team BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games… Collects Starbucks mugs for her mom and tries to get license plates or postcards from her competitions… Favourite motto: “Today I shall behave as if this is the day that I will be remembered” -Dr Seuss…
Notable International Results
IIHF World Championships: 2019 - BRONZE
IIHF World U18 Championships: 2015 - SILVER; 2014 - GOLD