Road to PyeongChang: Meaghan Mikkelson
A closer look at the defenceman from St. Albert, Alta., centralized with Canada’s National Women’s Team
Jason La Rose
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August 24, 2017
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MEAGHAN MIKKELSON
Position: Defence
Hometown: St. Albert, Alta.
Birthdate: January 4, 1985
Club Team: Calgary Inferno (CWHL)

Road to Centralization
1998-99: St. Albert Ice Dogs (Peewee)
1999-2000: St. Albert Royals (Bantam)
2000-01: St. Albert Flyers (Bantam AAA)
2001-02: unknown
2002-03: Calgary Oval X-Treme (NWHL)
2003-07: University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
2007-09: Edmonton Chimos (WWHL)
2009-10: Centralized for Olympics
2010-11: Edmonton Chimos (WWHL)
2011-13: Alberta HC (CWHL)
2013-14: Centralized for Olympics
2014-15: Did not play
2015-17: Calgary Inferno (CWHL)

Team Canada Experience
International debut: August 20, 2003 vs. United States
Canada’s National Women’s Team (2007-17): 90GP 15G 30A 45P
Canada’s National Women’s Development Team (2003-06): 20GP 5G 6A 11P

Olympic & World Championship Experience
2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 0G 1A 1P (silver medal)
2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 2G 0A 2P (silver medal)
2014 Olympic Winter Games – 4GP 0G 1A 1P (gold medal)
2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 1G 3A 4P (silver medal)
2012 IIHF Women’s World Championship – 5GP 0G 5A 5P (gold medal)
2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 5GP 3G 0A 3P (silver medal)
2010 Olympic Winter Games – 5GP 0G 0A 0P (gold medal)
2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 5GP 0G 3A 3P (silver medal)
2008 IIHF World Women’s Championship – 5GP 0G 0A 0P (silver medal)

Who has played the biggest role in getting you to centralization?
“Obviously, my parents have played a huge role in getting me to where I am today with the opportunities they gave me growing up, but also with their continued support and guidance. This centralization, specifically, I have my entire family to be thankful for, from my parents, my brother and sister, my husband Scott's parents, to other extended family as they have all played such a huge role in supporting me as a first-time mom while I continue to pursue my goals. There is no way I could have come back from having my son Calder in 2015 or be able to continue training the way we do, without their support.”

When did you decide you wanted to play for Team Canada?
“When I first saw Canada’s National Women's Team play in the Olympics in Nagano in 1998. I remember watching those women play and saying that I wanted to play for Team Canada one day and that I wanted to play in the Olympics.”

What is the most important thing hockey has given you?
“Hockey has given me so much; that is a tough one to narrow down! I greatly value the friendships and lifelong memories that I will certainly take away from the game with me, but the most important thing that hockey has given me is teaching me major life lessons that I can apply to any aspect of my life, from being a mom to whatever career I choose to pursue post-hockey.”

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

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