Widely regarded as one of the most successful coaches and executives in women’s hockey history, Melody Davidson earned four consecutive Olympic gold medals with Canada’s National Women’s Team as assistant coach (2002), head coach (2006, 2010) and general manager (2014). As head coach of Team Canada, she also won two IIHF Women’s World Championship titles (2000, 2007).
The Oyen, Alta., native served as head coach of the women’s hockey teams at Connecticut College (1997-2000) and Cornell University (2000-03), and most recently worked as a culture consultant with the Winnipeg Ice of the Western Hockey League. In 2010, Davidson received the Jack Donohue Coach of the Year Award from the Coaches Association of Canada and C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award from the United States Sports Academy.
An inductee into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and Hockey Alberta Hall of Fame Davidson has been a member of the IIHF’s Women’s Committee since 2010 and received an honourable mention for the IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. She is currently a high-performance advisor for summer sport with Own The Podium, working with men’s and women’s rugby 7s, basketball (5x5 and 3x3), water polo and wheelchair basketball.
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Panelists: Sheldon Kennedy, Emilie Castonguay, Melody Davidson, Bayne Pettinger