2021 Female Hockey Day will be taking place virtually (via Zoom) on January 30 & 31 (9am-12pm each day, times subject to change).
This event will follow Hockey Canada’s Pond to Podium Development Series, which will connect coaches, players, officials and parents directly with resources from national team athletes, coaches and staff. Female Hockey Day will include a variety of sessions covering relevant topics for athletes from U9 - U18, and feature speakers from the national, provincial, and community levels – all to celebrate female hockey.
Registered participants will receive the Zoom link the day prior to the event.
The official schedule has not yet been finalized, but some topics that will be covered during the event include: Nutrition, Team Alberta Process and Experiences (Panel), Opportunities in Hockey (Panel), Mental Health and Skills, National Team (Panel), and one At-Home Fitness session each day.
The schedule will be posted here once it has been finalized. Participants will receive a copy when the Zoom link is sent out.
Fuelled by Gatorade
2021 Female Hockey Day will be Fuelled by Gatorade. Each participant registered will receive an event package including a Gatorade bottle, towel, and other materials. Register by January 26 to receive your package for the event.
For further information, please contact Taryn Baumgardt at [email protected]
Sara is a Senior Scientist at the GSSI satellite lab at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Sara earned her Honours Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, Masters of Science in Kinesiology, and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Sara’s Masters focused on resistance training-load mediated muscle hypertrophy in trained young adults. Her Ph.D. work focused on dietary protein quality and alterations in protein metabolism, specifically muscle protein synthesis, in both inactivity and resistance training models. In her spare time, Sara enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, and watching Toronto based sports teams.
Dayna Owen backstopped Team Alberta to a Bronze Medal at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. Following her appearance with Team Alberta, Dayna played for the University of Alberta Pandas for 4 seasons, winning a National Championship in the 2016/17 season. She now is currently a member of the University of Calgary Dinos.
While Dayna is an incredibly focused and disciplined athlete, she also prioritizes time to give back to the game and the Team Alberta program. Dayna has served as a goalie coach at multiple U16 and U18 Team Alberta Female camps, sharing her knowledge with up and coming goaltenders and players.
Cass Vilgrain suited up for Team Alberta on two occasions at the U18 National Championships in 2011 and 2012. Following her appearances with Team Alberta, Cass earned a scholarship to the University of New Hampshire where she played 3 seasons in the NCAA before transferring to the University of British Columbia. At UBC, she completed her post-secondary education playing for the Thunderbirds. Cass was an instrumental piece to both post-secondary programs.
Following her post-secondary career, Cass traveled to Sweden in 2018 to compete overseas in the SDHL for one season. Cass currently resides in Calgary and works as the Marketing Coordinator for Kudos.
In her hockey career, Cass was a tremendous leader who always embraced a challenge and lead by example. Her work ethic, grit, and determination shone through on and off the ice and as a result she was placed in numerous leadership roles throughout her career. She was named Assistant Captain of Team Alberta in 2012, University of New Hampshire in 2015, and UBC in 2017.
Coach Carson has lived her dreams playing and coaching NCAA DI hockey and now she brings her experience to help educate players and their families on how they can achieve their goals.
Growing up in Ma-Me-O Beach, Alberta, Coach Carson remembers how overwhelming the recruiting process was. After an NCAA DI playing career with St. Lawrence University and an NCAA DI and DIII coaching career with the University of Connecticut, Ohio State University, and Trinity college, plus a professional playing stint in Prague for HC Slavia Praha, Coach Carson joined WHL Academy to ensure other young female hockey players can live their hockey dreams.
Coach Carson is the ultimate (virtual) coach to have in your corner as she uses her in depth knowledge of the recruiting process and college leagues across North America to further WHL Academy’s mission of empowering female hockey players to live their college dreams.
Started officiating in 2008/2009 season after having played hockey for roughly 15 years in AB and SK.
Events and Championships I had the opportunity to represent the province, country and my association were;
- 2 Esso Cups
- 1 Canada Winter Games
- 2 U18’s Womens Nationals
- 3 4Nations Cups
- 4 USport’s National Championships (Was assigned to PEI for 2020 Championship that was cancelled due to COVID)
- 8 IIHF Championships (Was assigned to the 2020 Women’s Worlds in Halifax that was cancelled due to COVID)
Highlight was working the gold medal game in Espoo Finland at the 2019 Women’s World.
Carla MacLeod made her Olympic debut at Turin 2006 where she recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in five games en route to the gold medal with Team Canada. MacLeod returned to the Olympic Games at Vancouver 2010 where she had five points (two goals, three assists) in as many games while earning a second straight gold medal.
MacLeod was a member of the women’s national program from 2003 until her retirement in 2010. She appeared in four IIHF World Championships, winning one gold medal (2007) and three silver medals (2005, 2008, 2009). MacLeod was also a member of the under-22 national team from 2000 to 2003.
Carla is currently head coach of the U18 Female Prep team at Edge School and won a gold medal as the head coach of Team Alberta at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.