2022 Olympic Hockey Panelist, CBC Olympics
2018 Olympic Silver Medalist
2010 and 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist
2020-21 NHL Guest Analyst, Oilers SportsNet
2016 CWHL Clarkson Cup Champion
2014 Finalist, The Amazing Race Canada
2012 IIHF World Champion
2011 IIHF Directorate Award, Best Defender
2006 & 2007 NCAA National Champion
Social Followers: Twitter, 23,400; Instagram, 15,900; Facebook, 3,800
Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta
Family. Hockey. Team.
Like so many Canadians, Meaghan Mikkelson’s priorities are firmly rooted in a love for her family and teammates and respect for the game.
Her father, Bill Mikkelson, played four seasons in the NHL in the early 1970s with Los Angeles Kings, the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. Her brother, Brendan, was a Memorial Cup champion with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and now plays for the The Alder Mannheim Eagles in the Deutsche Hockey League. And, her husband Scott Reid was a goalie for the CHL’s Arizona Sundogs.
A graduate of The University of Wisconsin’s hockey program, Meaghan led the team to back-to-back NCAA Championships, won the Olympic gold medal for Canada in Vancouver 2010 and followed that up with a win at the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships.
In Sochi 2014, Meaghan added an element of hockey toughness to her growing resume.
Playing with a broken hand in the Olympic Final versus the USA, she assisted on the opening goal for Canada that sparked the comeback that will be talked about for decades.
Meaghan joined teammate Natalie Spooner on Season 2 of The Amazing Race Canada winning an impressive 7 stages en route to finishing second in the finale. They were voted "Canada's Favourite Team" by fans of the number-one ranked ratings-juggernaut in the country.
While taking some time off from hockey to have a baby before returning to the team with the goal of representing Canada in Pyeongchang 2018, Meaghan did something truly unique:
She asked Twitter to #NameMyBaby.
In one of the most engrossing social media campaigns over the summer of 2015, Meaghan and her husband Scott Reid asked Canada to vote from a hockey-style bracket until one name emerged as the clear winner:
"For Scott and I, Calder will always be the baby that Canada named," said Meaghan.
"We're looking forward to sharing this story with our son."
During the 2020-21 NHL season, she ventured into a new challenge as a guest analyst on the Oilers Hockey broadcast on SportsNet. Drawing from her years of experience on the women's national team and her love for the Oilers, having grown up in northern Alberta, Meaghan beautifully blended into the broadcast and hopes to continue a career on-air.
At 36, and a veteran of three Olympic Games and two children, Meaghan set her sights on a fourth Olympics in Beijing 2022.
Then, on May 29, 2021, Meaghan suffered ligament damage to her left knee while playing in the Dream Gap Tour.
Known for her near-legendary feirceness in the gym, she committed to aggressive rehab in a race against the clock to make the final 23-woman roster.
And although she rejoined her teammates on the ice for an exhibition game only six months later, she fell just short of making Team Canada.
Within weeks, she had seamlessly pivoted into the role of Olympic Hockey Analyst on CBC providing fans with deeply-personal insights gained over the year training with the women who would ultimately reclaim gold for Canada.
Up next, a career in broadcasting.