2006, 2010 & 2014 Olympian - Canada
@MeghanAgosta - twitter
GOLD - SOCHI 2014
STATUS: pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic hopeful
OLYMPIC CHAMPION. WORLD CHAMPION. ALL TIME LEADING SCORER IN WOMEN'S NCAA HOCKEY HISTORY. COLLEGE GRADUATE. VANCOUVER POLICE OFFICER
Who is Meghan?
As a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team since 2004 at the ripe age of 17, Meghan has spent almost a 1/3 of her life wearing the maple leaf representing Canada at the highest levels of hockey (ice and in-line). During this time, Meghan has moved from being the youngest on the team and learning from the veterans to now being one of the players that Canada counts on to play big at the opportune moments and win Championships. In all, since she came into the international scene, she has had great success winning 3 Olympic Gold Medals and 2 World Championships.
Where did this begin for Meghan?
She grew up in Ruthven, ON (just outside of Windsor) and began to skate when she was 4 years old when she received a pair of Fisher Price roller skates for Christmas. Meghan’s brother Jeric influenced her early with his love of the game, playing in the driveway. After an initial stint in figure skating (and not being allowed to play hockey by her dad) at age six she convinced her mom that figure skating just wasn’t for her, after a family dinner and her dad was on board. It was at this point that Meghan’s journey really picked up steam and for the next 10 years began to dominate at all levels of both boys and girls hockey that led her all the way to college with scoring records in tow.
Attending university in the United States, was certainly a challenge and while Erie, PA was only a few hours from Windsor you do have to learn/adopt a new culture because so many things are different, but one thing certainly remained the same and that was playing ice hockey the only way she knows how to do and that is hard, fast and go all out. NCAA teams certainly figured this out with the legacy that she left behind after graduating. All she did was become the All Time Leading Goal and Career leader in scoring, was a 4-time All American, led her school to their first #1 ranking ever, was a 4-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, College Hockey America Player of the Year and played in the NCAA Championship game. In the classroom, Meghan followed her dream of wanting to work in law enforcement and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement with a minor in criminalistic psychology.
The journey to making an Olympic Team is a hard one for anyone at any age, but Meghan has always been ahead of the curve playing with the older players & excelling at it. She was named to the 2006 team at the age of 20 and had 3 goals and an assist at the Olympics on her way to her first Gold Medal in a victory over Sweden.
At her home Olympics, Meghan dominated, leading the Winter Games in Goals (9) & Total Scoring (15) adding honors of MVP, Best Forward & All-Star by the International Ice Hockey Federation. But, most importantly becoming a 2x Olympic Champion on home ice was hers as well with Canada defeating the United States 2-0 in the Gold Medal game.
What do you do for an Olympic hat trick? You win your third consecutive Olympic Games in dramatic fashion over the United States 3-2 in sudden death overtime. In the first of two games against the U.S., you score a hat trick in a 3-1 win on your birthday. Meghan was the only member of Hockey Canada that made the Media All Star team in Sochi.
What’s next for Meghan?
After Vancouver, she returned to Mercyhurst University and got her degree. After college, Meghan did what all women's players do since their is no NHL for women, the closest thing that female hockey players has is continuing w/ the national team program, & she has been playing for the Montreal Stars (of the Canadian Women's Hockey League). In her first 2 pro seasons, Meghan has broken all of the league's individual scoring records and has won the Clarkson Cup, the female equivalent of the Stanley Cup generously donated by former Canadian Governor General Ms. Adrienne Clarkson.
What Meghan is passionate about though is to become a police officer. Now after Sochi, she took the year off from playing in international competitions for Hockey Canada and is trying to fulfill this dream. In the Summer of 2014, she applied to various law enforcement agencies throughout the nation and was offered a position on September 18, 2014 to join the Vancouver Police Department and went to their police academy shortly thereafter. Vancouver PD and Hockey Canada have both displayed a level of understanding that Meghan wants to both represent her nation and her new community and have afforded for the flexibility to do something truly unique.
With Meghan attending the Vancouver Police Department's police academy she would skip domestic and international hockey competitions when she rejoined Hockey Canada after graduation in May of 2015. Her goal for the next quad is to make it to her 4th Winter Olympic Games and win her 4th Olympic Championship while balancing her life with the responsibilities to protect and serve the communities that supporter her and her teammates in 2010. In the 2017-18 season, Meghan will take a leave of absence from the Vancouver Police Department to try and make the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Team and will return to VPD in the Summer of 2018 full time.
In the Summer of 2014, Meghan additionally was invited by SPORTSNET Magazine to take part in their 3rd Beauty of Sport Issue that was shot in Lake Louise, AB. Meghan joins fellow Hockey Canada teammates Tessa Bonhomme and Meaghan Mikkelson-Reid in having taken part over the years.
Off the ice, she has a charitable foundation assisting kids who can’t afford to play sports & hosts a hockey school in the Windsor region. In November 2012, THE HOCKEY NEWS named Meghan, the best female player in the world.
Meghan is an athlete ambassador for CCM Hockey and has had past relationships as an Olympic year athlete ambassador with BMW Canada, Nike, P&G and Hilton HHonors.
In Meghan's relationship with P&G, her mother Char, additionally had an endorsement deal as part of the #ThankYouMom program. Meghan and Char have both individual and collective responsibilities to the brand.
Meghan has been announced as a member of the 2015 Four Nations Cup Hockey Canada team that will try and defend that title that they won in 2014 in British Columbia and will make her return to the international lineup in November.