Carla MacLeod

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Carla MacLeod
Born (1982-06-16) June 16, 1982 (age 36)
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight 133 lb (60 kg; 9 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
WCHA team
CWHL team
Wisconsin Badgers
Calgary Oval X-Treme
National team  Canada
Playing career 2003–2010

Carla Rae MacLeod (born June 16, 1982) is a retired member of the Canadian national women's hockey team. Through her paternal grandmother, MacLeod is related to former Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice Richard.[1]

Playing career[edit]

MacLeod was born in Spruce Grove, Alberta. MacLeod attended Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary, Alberta. [1]

Carla MacLeod represented Team Alberta at the National Championships in 1999 and 2001.[2] On both occasions, MacLeod would win the Abby Hoffman Cup.

Wisconsin Badgers[edit]

She played with the Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey program in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for four years, serving as captain for the 03-04 and 04-05 seasons. She played for United States women's Olympic team coach Mark Johnson at Wisconsin, where he likened her leadership to that of a second coach.[3]

While at Wisconsin, MacLeod was bestowed with the University of Wisconsin Big Ten Medal of Honor (in recognition of athletic and academic achievement).[4] In her senior year at Wisconsin, Macleod served as one of two undergraduate assistant coaches. The other undergrad coach was Olympian Molly Engstrom. Macleod and Engstrom assisted coach Mark Johnson with analysis of game footage.[5]

Hockey Canada[edit]

Her career as a defenseman for the national team began in 2003 with a silver win in the Four Nations Cup. In 2004, she played to a gold medal in the Four Nations Cup. In 2005, MacLeod made her world championship debut in 2005. She had been cut from the world championship team for two consecutive years before that. MacLeod would win silver at the 2005 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship. In 2006, she played in the Winter Olympics in Turin, where she was named as a tournament all-star, and in the 2006 Four Nations Cup, where Canada won gold. In 2007, she played in the IIHF Women's World Hockey Championship, where Canada won its ninth world's gold medal. Prior to joining the national women's team, MacLeod was on the National Under-22 team from 1999-2003.

Coaching career[edit]

In the fall of 2010, she became an assistant coach with Mount Royal University.[6] During the 2011–12 Canada women's national ice hockey team season, MacLeod was an assistant coach for the National Under 18 team that participated in a three-game series vs. the USA in August 2011.[7] Since February, 2012 she has been serving as an assistant coach for the Japanese national team. In February, 2013 the Japanese national women's hockey team qualified for the first time for the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Japanese media praise her coaching skills, her likable personality as well as her tactical understanding of the game which has been much needed for this team. They say she has given the players a hockey mentality and a style of play which puts pressure on opposing teams.


On September 14, 2010, Hockey Canada announced that MacLeod, along with three other players retired from international hockey.[8] After her retirement, she took a public relations job with the Royal Bank of Canada.

Career stats[edit]

Event Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
2005 World Championships 5 1 2 3 0
2006 Olympics 5 2 2 4 2
2007 World Championships 5 0 1 1 2
2008 World Championships 5 1 3 4 2
2009 World Championships 5 2 6 8 4
2010 Olympics


Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2004-05 Defensive Player of the Year [10]


  1. ^ "Sport Performance Weekly, November 14th, 2006". Canadian Sports Centre. Archived from the original on September 8, 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  2. ^ Canadian Gold 2010, Andrew Podnieks, p. 154, Fenn Publishing, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55168-384-3
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Krabbenhoft and Jorgensen receive Big Ten Medal of Honor". Wisconsin Athletics. June 10, 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Athletes (Vancouver 2010)". NBC Sports. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Olympian Becky Kellar among players retiring from Canadian Women's Hockey Team". Hockey Canada. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Four vets retire from women's hockey team". Montreal Gazette. 2010-09-15. Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  9. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p. 20, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6.
  10. ^
Preceded by
Noora Räty (2008)
IIHF World Women's Championships Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Zuzana Tomčíková (2011)