Three-time Canadian Olympian continues illustrious hockey career with PWHL
TORONTO, ON (December 18, 2023) – The Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) has bolstered league operations with the addition of Cassie Campbell-Pascall to the role of Special Advisor. The three-time Olympian with Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team has spent nearly two decades in broadcast and announced her new position with the PWHL during her final network appearance on Sportsnet’s Monday Night Hockey.
“The opportunity to join the PWHL, and continue to have an impact on the women’s game, was one that I absolutely had to accept,” said Campbell-Pascall. “I’m extremely pleased to take an active advisory role in the advancement of a top pro league that is so full of promise.”
“Cassie is an excellent addition to the PWHL and one that we’re all thrilled about,” said Jayna Hefford, PWHL SVP of Hockey Operations. “In the years I’ve known Cassie—including many as teammates on the ice—her leadership, passion and knowledge of the game have always stood out. Her impact on women’s hockey cannot be overstated and we know her expertise will help propel the PWHL to success.”
Campbell-Pascall’s on-ice career is amongst the most prolific in the sport’s history. The Brampton, ON native was a mainstay on Canada’s National Women’s Team beginning in 1994, where she served as assistant captain from 1997-2001, and captain from 2001 until her retirement in 2006. Throughout her Team Canada tenure, Campbell-Pascall won a total of 21 International medals, including 3 Olympic Medals (2 Gold, 1 Silver) and 7 IIHF Women’s World Championship Medals (6 Gold, 1 Silver). She ended her career on a high note when she led Canada to the 2006 Olympic Gold Medal in Torino, becoming the first captain in Canadian hockey history to captain two Olympic Champion teams. Campbell-Pascall’s playing career also included various iterations of professional women’s hockey, including the original NWHL and the WWHL. In 2007, Campbell-Pascall was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the first-ever women’s hockey player to do so.
Upon retirement, Campbell-Pascall seamlessly transitioned into a broadcast career with CBC and, on October 14, 2006, became the first woman to provide colour commentary on Hockey Night in Canada. Since then, she has provided analysis for Sportsnet, ESPN, TSN and multiple Olympic Games. In addition to her broadcast career, Campbell-Pascall has also served in executive roles with Hockey Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee and has been a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee since 2016. In 2016, she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to the women’s game both on and off the ice “as a player, broadcaster and role model.” She also served as a consultant for Canada’s National Women’s Team during its most recent Olympic cycle, winning gold in Beijing and two more World Championships.
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