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, 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 Tampa Bay Lightning. 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 show 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 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."