CALGARY, AB – Carla MacLeod, a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-time IIHF World Women’s Hockey Medalist, has been named the Head Coach of the Edge School female prep hockey team.
MacLeod, originally from Calgary, spent the last 2 years as the assistant coach with the Japanese national women’s hockey team, helping Japan qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since 1998. Coming off the Sochi 2014 Olympics, MacLeod was looking for the opportunity to give back to the Alberta Female players.
“I was in these girls positions not too long ago and have travelled the path they are on,” said MacLeod. “They have dreams of playing in the Olympics and attaining College scholarships and I can’t wait to help them perform better and use their strengths to stand out.”
MacLeod attended the University of Wisconsin and played with the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA for four years — two of which she served as team captain. Carla retired from hockey in 2010, then coached at Mount Royal University in addition to her role with the Japanese Olympic women’s hockey team.
“I am excited to share all of my experience with the girls at Edge and contribute to the growth of the Female game. Players succeed when they are provided the structure and support needed to reach new levels of personal excellence,” says MacLeod. “The girls will be responsible for their journey- always training, practicing and competing at their very best, my goal is to make it enjoyable along the way.”
In addition to adding a new Head Coach, Edge School is also expanding its female hockey program with the addition of a Bantam Team in the 2014-15 Season. “This is a great initiative for expansion and development of Women’s hockey in Alberta. It will give more girls at Edge the chance to play for a school team and allows for more opportunities for all Female players,” notes Cam Hodgson, Edge School CEO.
Working in conjunction with Hockey Alberta, Edge School and MacLeod are committed to providing exceptional opportunities for Alberta female players. With the addition of MacLeod and new the Bantam team, the 2014-15 season is well on its way to setting a new precedence in Alberta hockey.