MacMillan’s return to the field in 2018 was an incredible comeback story. Two seasons ago, the talented Kitchener native was in her second year on the Gryphon team, establishing herself as one of the best scorers in the country. As the 2017 campaign was nearing, MacMillan suffered a serious knee injury that would cost her a year of play. After a season on the sidelines in which she helped coach and support her teammates, the Accounting student returned with a vengeance this season, finishing second in the OUA with 16 goals. Her play helped the Gryphons to a second straight OUA championship game appearance and earned MacMillan All-Canadian status. But the story doesn’t end there. Know for her compassion and commitment to others, the Guelph star also won the Gail Wilson Outstanding Contributor for exceptional community service. MacMillan is actively involved with crucial charitable initiatives like Bowl For Kids Sake and Cut for the Cure, while also giving back to her sport by coaching, including work as an assistant with the U15 Ontario West team that took silver at the national championships.
"Katherine is an elite athlete as well as a special individual, who gives back to the sport she is so passionate about," said head coach Michelle Turley. "She thoroughly enjoys coaching young girls to help them strive to be the best they can be and has a great way about her which makes learning and playing hockey fun. She connects with the players. She's passionate, empathetic and has integrity. Coaching and teaching is her calling. What an incredible young woman."