Date of birth: February 12, 1987
Place of birth: Windsor, Ontario
Hometown: Ruthven, Ontario
Career: Olympian/professional hockey player and as of August 2014, member of the Vancouver Police Department
Best known for: Her Olympic hockey career and a knack for blowing out goalies, instead of candles, on her birthdays
Fun tidbit: Agosta-Marciano was originally enrolled in figure skating as a child but always wanted to play hockey. She was told only boys played hockey but fought against that notion, convincing her father to let her give up figure skating and make the switch to what would become her illustrious career.
Teaching and charity work: Agosta-Marciano created The Meghan Agosta Foundation to help children who want to play hockey but cannot afford to. She also runs the Agosta High Performance Hockey Academy, training both boys and girls in the game she loves.
Early Career: Agosta-Marciano participated in AAA boys hockey with the Chatham-Kent Cyclones. With the Cyclones, Agosta was part of several Alliance Championship teams. She later played for the Junior AA Windsor Wildcats of the Ontario Provincial Women’s Hockey League. At the 2003 Canada Winter Games, Agosta-Marciano scored the winning goal for Team Ontario. She also played for Team Ontario Red at the National Under 18 championships in 2005 where she won a gold medal.
NCAA Career: Meghan enrolled Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2006. Here she played for the college's NCAA Division 1 hockey team. She became the first freshman ever to make the final three for the Patty Kazmaier Award. She helped lead Mercyhurst to its first No. 1 national ranking. She was also a First Team All-American and a unanimous pick for CHA Player of the Year.
On February 25, 2011, Meghan scored her 151st career goal to become all-time leading goal scorer in NCAA history. In recognition of this achievement, Agosta-Marciano was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd feature in the February 21, 2011 issue.
Meghan graduated from Mercyhurst College with a degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement, minoring in criminalistics psychology.
Canada Team Highlights:
Agosta-Marciano has been on Canada’s National Women’s Team since 2004. She has competed in three Olympic Winter Games, winning gold in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Meghan is also a two-time world champion (2007, 2012) and four-time world silver medallist (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013).
Agosta-Marciano scored a hat trick on her birthday against the Russians during the 2006 Winter Olympic games in Turin Italy. She was the youngest member of the Canadian Women's Hockey team.
Agosta-Marciano was the top scorer at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver with nine goals and six assists. She was also voted most valuable player and best forward and was made part of the Media All-Star Team. On February 17, 2010, Meghan Agosta scored a record third Olympic hat-trick in the match against Sweden to move on to eight goals in this tournament, equalling Danielle Goyette's record for most goals in one Olympic tournament, set in 1998.
Awards and Honours:
Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Media All-Star Team
Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Directorate Award, Best Forward
Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Most Valuable Player, Women's Hockey Tournament
College Hockey America, Player of the Month, October 2010
College Hockey America, Player of the Month, January 2011
CHA Player of the Year (2007–2009, 2011)
First Team All-CHA selection (2007–2009, 2011)
2011 CHA Tournament Most Valuable Player
2011 First Team All-America selection
Finalist, Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
Finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation's 2010 Sportswoman of the Year Team Award
2011 Top collegiate female athlete, 47th Annual Erie Charity Sports Banquet
Did you know??? Meghan is also an accomplished inline hockey player. She won a gold medal for Canada at the 2004 World Inline Hockey Championships.
Personal Life: Meghan grew up in an Italian household. Her parents are Nino and Char. She has three siblings, Kara, Jeric and Jade. Her brother Jeric received a full scholarship to play hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. On August 31, 2012, Meghan married Marco Marciano, the Canadian national women's team goaltending and video coach. Marco is also the goaltending coach of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL.