| Date of Birth:
November 22, 1973
Place of Birth: Brampton, ON
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 145 lbs
Since first lacing up a pair of skates at the age of five, Brampton-native Cassie Campbell has become one of the most successful and recognizable Canadian women's hockey players of all time. A 12-year veteran of the national team, Campbell has been at the forefront of the widespread growth and popularity of the women's game.
Initially a defenseman, Campbell made the switch to forward midway in her career. She began her run with the national team in 1994 as a member of the gold medal World Championship squad in Lake Placid, New York. Since then, she has led Canada to a total of six gold and two silver medals at the World Championships.
No stranger to Olympic competition, she captained the Nagano squad to a silver medal in 1998, in women's hockey's inaugural appearance at the Games. She also wore the "C" proudly during Canada's Gold Medal performance in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
Campbell, who holds degrees in Sociology and Nutrition from the University of Guelph, was named Sportswoman of the Year there in 1996.
She makes her home year round in Calgary, where she is the captain of the Calgary Oval X-Treme of the Western Women's Hockey League and hosts an annual street hockey tournament there each year.
Campbell maintains roots on the East Coast of Canada as well, summering each year on Prince Edward Island, where her family runs The Anne of Green Gables Museum. Campbell's father actually grew up in the house, and she is a descendant of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the popular series of books.
Away from the rink, Campbell is committed to various philanthropic causes, and fills her time with motivational speaking engagements and as a commentator on various hockey broadcasts for radio and television. She also runs a hockey school for girls each summer on P.E.I.
For now, Campbell is focused on the task at hand - returning to Canada from Turin with yet another Gold medal in hand. While she has only five assists in pre-Olympic exhibition matches this winter, there's no denying that it's her leadership that stretches far beyond the scoresheet, a necessary ingredient on Canada's 2006 squad.
January 29: Captain Cassie's on the job
2006 Hockey Coverage