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Carla MacLeod

Hockey Athlete - Inducted 2015

Carla MacLeod was a defenceman for Team Canada for six seasons and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2006 Torino Olympics - where she was named to the Media All-Star team.

At the IIHF World Women's Championships, she won gold in 2007 and silver in 2005, 2008 & 2009.  She was named MVP at the 2009 Women's World Championship.  Carla also played in five 4 Nations Cup Tournaments, earning three gold and two silver medals, and was named to the Media All-Star Team twice.  She scored 14 goals and had 30 assists for 44 points while playing for her country.

Born in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Carla grew up playing hockey in this province.  She represented Team Alberta on several occasions, including at the 1995 and 1999 Canada Winter Games.  She played on the Calgary Oval X-Treme of the Western Women's Hockey League and won five Provincial Senior Women's Championships and three National Championships in 1998, 2001, and 2007.

Wally Kozack, Director of Coach Development stated, "Carla's understanding of the game was always evident in her execution on the ice... she was one of the smartest players he ever coached." 

While at the University of Wisconsin, Carla was the captain of the hockey team for two years and was also a student-assistant coach.  In 2005, she received two awards from the University, the Big Ten Medal of Honour for proficiency in both school and athletics, and the W Club Community Service Award for her work with the Ronald McDonald House and the local children's hospital.  She earned Second Team All-American recognition in both 2004 and 2005 and was named USCHO National Defensive Player of the year in 2005.

Carla retired from international competition in September 2010.  She quickly transitioned to coaching and mentoring others.  She was an assistant coach for the Mount Royal University Cougars for four years and is now the Head Coach at Edge School in Calgary.  In 2012, she was an assistant coach of Canada's National Women's Under 18 Team, helping the team win a gold medal at the IIHF Ice Hockey Women's U18 Championship.  Recently, she spent two years coaching Team Japan, helping them qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, where they had a tremendous showing.

Throughout her playing career, Carla was a strong leader, intuitive and smart hockey player, a supportive teammate, and a positive role model in the community.  Since her retirement, she has taken these qualities and incorporated them into her role as a coach and an ambassador for hockey.  

After Induction

Timeline: International Play

2005 – IIHF World Women’s Championship Silver

2006 – Olympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy) Gold

2007 – IIHF World Women’s Championship Gold

2008 – IIHF World Women’s Championship Silver

2009 – IIHF World Women’s Championship Silver

2010 – Olympic Winter Games (Vancouver) Gold


Timeline – National Play

1995 – Canada Winter Games – Team Alberta

1999 – Canada Winter Games – Team Alberta

1998 – Oval X-Treme WWHL Team National Championship Gold

2001 – Oval X-Treme WWHL Team National Championship Gold

2007 – Oval X-Treme WWHL Team National Championship Gold


Post athletic career highlights:

2012 – IIHF Women’s U18 Championship – Team Canada assistant coach – Gold

2012 – Japan’s National Women’s Team – Assistant Coach – Helped the team qualify in 2013 for the 2014 Olympic Games.

2014 – Sochi Olympic Winter Games – Japan’s women’s hockey team assistant coach

2019 – Canada Winter Games – Coached Team Alberta U18 Women’s Hockey Team to a Gold Medal

2019 – Canada’s National Development Team – Assistant Coach