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 – a Memorial Cup Champion with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and second round NHL draft pick – played 151 NHL games for the Anaheim Ducks and added seven more years in several European pro leagues. And, her husband Scott Reid was a professional goalie in the AHL, ECHL and CHL.
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 resumé.
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.
Then, 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 broadcast 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," she said.
"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 Edmonton Oilers Hockey broadcast for Sportsnet. Drawing from her years of experience on the women's national team and her love for the Oilers from growing up in northern Alberta, Meaghan hoped to continue a broadcast career after her playing days.
At 36, a veteran of three Olympic Games and now with a second child Berkley, Meaghan set her sights on another mom-back toward 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 fierceness in the gym, she committed to an aggressive rehab schedule in a race against the clock to make the final 23-woman roster.
And although she rejoined her teammates on the ice for three exhibition games only five and a half months later, she fell just short of making Team Canada.
Within weeks, she had seamlessly pivoted into the role of Olympic Hockey Panelist on CBC providing fans with deeply-personal insights gained over the year training with the women who would ultimately reclaim gold for Canada.
A blossoming career in broadcasting including analyst work during the Stanley Cup Playoffs for TNT, a contributor to Edmonton Oliers Hockey and a season-long role for Calgary Flames Hockey on The Fan 960 – becoming the first female analyst on Sportsnet's coverage of the team.
And, of course, she's also pursuing an MBA at Queen's Smith School of Business.
Mom. Player. Analyst. Student.