Women's hockey: MacLeod to train for Olympics

Former Badger defender vying for spot on Canadian Olympic national team

Carla MacLeod, a former defender with the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team, was one of 27 women named to Team Canada's centralization roster in preparation for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. MacLeod will train with Team Canada in Calgary, coincidentally her hometown, on a full-time basis beginning Aug. 1. Of the 27 players training, 20 will compete at the 2006 Olympics, held in Turin, Italy, from Feb. 10-26. Currently, the group consists of 16 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies; that group will get pared down to 18 skaters and two goalies by January of 2006.

MacLeod and Team Canada will compete from August, 2005-January, 2006, in Canada, the United States and Europe. All 24 members of the Canadian team that won the silver medal at the 2005 Women's World Hockey Championship are on the centralization roster.

"Our coaching staff and team benefited from the World Championship last month and we have been building towards our centralization for the past 16 months," Team Canada head coach Melody Davidson said. "We are very confident that we have assembled a terrific group of athletes who are committed to representing Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics, to the highest level possible."

At Wisconsin, MacLeod was a second-team All-American and was named the U.S. College Hockey Online National Defensive Player of the Year and to the USCHO.com first-team as a senior. She graduated with a plus/minus rating of +84, the highest in school history.

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