MacLeod to coach Czech women
by Martin Merk|19 APR 2022
Carla MacLeod celebrates after winning the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship with Canada as an assistant coach.
photo: Jana Chytilova / HHOF-IIHF Images
The Czech Ice Hockey Association has named Carla MacLeod as new head coach of the women’s national team. She will succeed Tomas Pacina, who was coaching the team for the past two seasons.

The 39-year-old won gold at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the 2007 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship as a player.

She turned to coaching after Vancouver 2010, on the international stage as an assistant coach of the Canadian U18 women’s national team and for three years with the Japanese women’s national team.

This season she has worked as head coach of the University of Calgary women’s hockey team, a position she will continue.

“The Czech women’s national team has a program that I have carefully watched and admired in recent seasons. Thanks to the determination and uniqueness of the players, we have become a candidate for the highest places,” MacLeod said.

“We have a strong core, talented players who are completely dedicated to hockey and team staff that is ready for big challenges. I would therefore like to thank the Czech Ice Hockey Association for their trust and for the opportunity. It is a great honour for me to be part of the national team and I look forward to helping Czech women’s hockey achieve its highest goals.”

MacLeod will join the Czech women’s national team at competitions and camps with the next big event being the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship from 25 August to 4 September in Denmark.

She will be assisted by Dusan Andrasovsky, who will oversee coaching within the Czech women’s national team program in the country and also serve as head coach of the U18 women’s national team.