Michelle Conn (FH | Student-athlete)
Updated: Aug 17, 2022
NAME: Michelle Conn
SPORT: Field Hockey
Three-time Canada West All-Star
First Dino to earn FH All-Canadian
Canadian captain & Olympian
World Championship bronze medallist
Michelle Conn was a special talent in the world of field hockey, regarded highly not only in the world of university athletics, but on the world stage.
Conn worked her way to esteem, now regarded as one of the top goal scorers ever produced in women’s field hockey in Canada.
She graduated from St. Francis High School in Calgary before signing on with the Dinos as an instant game-changer. Conn was the first University of Calgary player to earn an All-Canadian distinction in the sport in 1985. The three-time Canada West all-star is regarded as one of the best to don a Dinos field hockey uniform. She represented the school from 1981-1985.
"Michelle had a fabulous career at the University of Calgary being a five-year starter for the Dinos. Her talent on the pitch allowed her to become an elite member of the Canadian National Women's team and go down as one of if not the best field hockey players not only in school history but in the Province of Alberta," said Jack Neumann, CW Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
While at the University of Calgary, Conn boosted the profile of another red-and-white team. She represented Canada from 1983 to 1992, competing in 93 international events. That included starting for the 1988 and 1992 Olympic teams, the latter of which she co-captained. Conn captured a bronze medal at the 1986 World Championships in Holland, which was the second highest ever placing by the national team.
Conn earned her Bachelor of Sciences degree in 1988 before adding a Certified General Accountants designation in 2001.
Conn is already a member of the University of Calgary Hall of Fame and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. She now adds Canada West Hall of Fame to that list.