Date of Birth:  June 16, 1982
 Place of Birth: Calgary, AB
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'4''
 Weight: 138 lbs

Another member of Canada's hockey youth movement going to Turin in 2006, Carla MacLeod experienced the magic and excitement of the Olympics firsthand as a young girl when her hometown of Calgary Alberta hosted the Games in 1988.

In recent years MacLeod has become a key component of Canada's defense core. Her first taste of international competition came with the developmental Under-22 program, where she would go on to captain the squad and prove she was a force at both ends of the rink.

MacLeod was the only rookie defenseman on the Four Nations Cup team that won gold in 2004. She was meant to make her debut on the team the year before, but unfortunately suffered a broken leg. She also contributed in Canada's silver medal performance at the 2005 IIHF World Championships. Her performance in Linkoping, Sweden and in subsequent exhibition match-ups caught the eyes of the Canadian coaching staff, helping her selection to this year's Olympic roster.

Perhaps her greatest success has come in the USA collegiate ranks, where she was captain of the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team. MacLeod led the Badgers to a 26-win season in 2005, helping them earn a berth in the NCAA Championships -- the first in the team's history. She has been a two time All-American selection, and was chosen as the USCHO National Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. She was also a top-ten finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the most outstanding player in women's college hockey that same year. MacLeod completed her career at Wisconsin with an outstanding plus-84 rating -- the highest in school history.

A bright, outgoing presence, MacLeod will look to use her vision and uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time to contribute to the Olympic squad at the 2006 Turin Games. She will no doubt be extremely driven to make that childhood dream of winning an Olympic medal -- ideally one made of gold -- a reality.

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