Melody Davidson, the Canadian management official who has helped to revolutionize women’s hockey and turn Canada into the international juggernaut they are, announced she will be leaving Hockey Canada, an organization she has been with since 1994.
Davidson had a brief career coaching at the collegiate level shortly after joining Hockey Canada, coaching the Edmonton Chimos of the original NWHL in 1996 before joining Connecticut College in 1997, coaching three seasons. She would later join Cornell University in 2002 for another three seasons, and then served as assistant coach to the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL from 2006-09.
Davidson joined Canada as an assistant coach at the 1994 World Championship, becoming Head Coach of the development team at the 1997 Four Nations Cup and of the senior team by the 2000 Worlds. She led Team Canada on three separate occasions, from 1999-2000, 2004-07 and 2009-10, along with an assistant tenure from 2000-02. She became coach of the inaugural Under-18 team in 2007, and became head scout for Team Canada in 2010, before becoming general manager of the women’s program at Hockey Canada from 2013-18, before serving her final two years as head scout. In her tenure, Davidson has captured five World Championships (1994, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2012), four Olympic titles (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) and ten Nations Cups in her over quarter-century with Team Canada.
Davidson also served as an IIHF Ambassador and Mentor, and was on the IIHF Female Committee for a decade, helping to develop the women’s game beyond North America, and is a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Alberta Sporrts Hall of Fame and Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame. Davidson won the Coach of the Year Award from the Coaches Association of Canada in 2010, and was honourable mention for the IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. We wish Melody and her family the very best for the next opportunity outside of hockey!