Robin Mercer-Sproule

Hockey, Broomball, Figure Skating, Volleyball, Softball, Basketball
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Robin first attended the Arctic Winter Games in 1976 as an 11 year old, and competed in figure skating. She then attended every subsequent Arctic Winter Games until 1998, competing mostly in women's hockey, attending a total of 12 Arctic Winter Games as an athlete and 1 as a volunteer.  This makes Robin one of the most accomplished Team Northwest Territory athletes, as not many other athletes have competed at more Games.  She was an outstanding multi-sport athlete, not only competing in 6 sports: softball, volleyball, figure skating, basketball, hockey and broomball, but playing 2 positions as a hockey and broomball player, goalie and forward.

In 1985, Robin won the Sport North Mary Beth Miller Senior Athlete Award, as well as being named the team MVP at the Broomball National Championships with the Rebels in the same year.  Robin stopped playing Broomball a few times in her career, however was asked to coach the Yellowknife Rebels at the 2013 Pacific Rim Tournament in Melbourne, Australia, where the team was undefeated.

Figure Skating

  • Robin was the highest figure skater in the Northwest Territories when she moved here in 1974 at the age of 10.
  • Competed in the 1975 Canada Winter Games in Lethbridge, Alberta in pairs, One of the youngest athletes at the games (was called the “Walking Parka”)
  • Competed in the 1976 Arctic Winter Games in Schefferville, Quebec
  • Competed in the 1978 Arctic Winter Games in Hay River/Pine Point, NT
  • Robin would go to Calgary every summer for 6 weeks to attend Figure Skating Summer School until she retired from figure skating in 1979


  • Started playing boys hockey in 1977 as a forward
  • A girls team was formed in 1978 and played Goalie, which she played mostly from this point forward
  • In the 1980/81 season she was picked for the Midget All-star Team.  This team played in the Rec League and traveled to various tournaments in the NWT and Alberta
  • After midget hockey Robin continued playing hockey in the Rec League, first with the Rec Hall Raiders, and then later with NCPC Blackouts, Giant Grizzlies, RCMP
  • In 1985 she helped start ladies hockey back in Yellowknife and went on to compete in 6 Arctic Winter Games for hockey
  • 1990 traveled to Hawaii with Shorty’s Selects to play in the Royal Hawaiian Cup.  She was the only female playing, won Top Goaltender and MVP of the tournament
  • She continued to play women’s hockey but was usually asked to play on a men’s teams in the annual Labatt’s Tournament and oldtimer’s tournament.
  • She competed in many tournaments such as Western Canadian Shields Women’s Hockey Championships as well as other tournaments in the North and Alberta
  • Scouted in 1994 at a development camp by Canadian National and Olympic Coach Shannon Miller for the newly formed Team Canada, but a bad right knee was too much of a risk for Team Canada.
  • She retired from hockey after the 2016 season after 39 years.


  • An avid and competitive volleyball player throughout Junior and High School
  • Traveled to the communities in the NWT, Yukon and Alberta for various tournaments
  • Was a member in the early 80’s with the Sundog Volleyball Club
  • Competed in 2 Arctic Winter Games for Volleyball


  • Robin was competitive in basketball throughout her Junior and High School years
  • Traveled to various tournaments throughout the NWT including Iqaluit in 1982 for the Arctic Winter Games Trials, where she was named MVP and selected for Team NWT
  • She competed in 1982 in Fairbanks, Alaska in the Arctic Winter Games


  • Robin joined the Yellowknife Women’s Broomball League in 1985
  • She played on the Raecom Air Islanders her first year before joining the Hell’s Angels Team
  • Robin won various awards throughout her years playing in the Yellowknife Women’s league
  • She also played on the Yellowknife Rebels All-star Team and competed in many Territorial, National, Western and International tournaments, traveling coast to coast, and even across an Ocean
  • Competed in the 1988 Arctic Winter Games for Broomball, which was the only time it was ever in the Games.
  • She played with the Rebels in their first National Championships in Leduc, Alberta where she was named Team MVP.  She was both a goalie and forward.
  • She competed in the 1st World Broomball Tournament in Victoria BC in November 1991 and again in Victoria in 1996.
  • Competed in a couple of Gold Broom Tournaments with the Rebels in Saskatchewan
  • Robin stopped playing broomball a couple of times in her career, but was honoured when asked to help coach the Rebels in the 2013 Pacific Rim Tournament in Melbourne, Australia where the team was undefeated and came out as the Champions.
  • Being a part of the Rebels was truly amazing, as the team you could say were an elite team in their own right.  From 1985 playing in her first Canadian Championships, to coaching the Rebels in 2013, the change in the Rebels year to year was amazing, and shows the depth and strength of all players.
  • What Robin enjoyed most about playing broomball, was the comradery between her and her teammates, all of the fun and belly laughs when away from home travelling.  Being able to represent the North at such a high level in a sport that is both mental and physical to play.  Being one of the smallest and quickest players on the ice, it was easy for Robin to adjust to various situations and being able to naturally find and pass and shoot the ball with her line mates.


  • Started playing softball in minor ball in 1975
  • In 1980 went to the Canadian Junior National Fastball Championships in Brookfield, Nova Scotia and was 4th Top Batter in Canada
  • Played in 3 Junior National Events and then in Western Senior Championships
  • Traveled to many tournaments in the North including the Yukon as well as other parts of Canada.
  • Robin won various awards in league and tournaments, including Top Batter, All-star Squad, MVPs

Canada Games

  • 1975 Canada Winter Games – Lethbridge, Alberta – Figure Skating
  • 1985 Canada Summer Games – St. John, New Brunswick – Softball
  • 1991 Canada Winter Games – Charlottetown, PEI – NWT Mission Staff
  • 2011 Canada Winter Games - Halifax, NS - NWT Mission Staff

Arctic Winter Games

  • 1976 – Schefferville, Quebec – Figure Skating
  • 1978 – Hay River/Pine Point, NT – Figure Skating
  • 1980 – Whitehorse, Yukon – Volleyball
  • 1982 – Fairbanks, Alaska – Basketball
  • 1984 – Yellowknife, NT – Volleyball
  • 1986 – Whitehorse, Yukon – Hockey
  • 1988 – Fairbanks, Alaska – Broomball
  • 1990 – Yellowknife, NT – Hockey
  • 1992 – Whitehorse, Yukon – Hockey
  • 1994 – Slave Lake, Alberta – Hockey
  • 1996 – Chugiak/Eagle River, Alaska – Hockey
  • 1998 – Yellowknife, NT – Hockey
  • 2008 – Yellowknife, NT – Volunteer – Hockey

World Championships

  • 1991 – Victoria, BC – Broomball
  • 1996 – Victoria, BC – Broomball

International Championships

  • 1990 – Honolulu, Hawaii – Hockey
  • 2009 – Vancouver, BC –2009 Women’s Canada Cup – Volunteer - Hockey
  • 2010 – Vancouver, BC – Winter Olympic Games – Volunteer - Hockey
  • 2013 – Melbourne, Australia – Broomball – Coach

Various National Championships

Robin competed in various National Championships in Hockey Broomball and Softball/Fastball throughout her career, from Junior up to Senior events.


  • 1985 – Leduc, Alberta
  • 1986 – Kamloops, BC
  • 1987 – Montreal, QC
  • 1988 – Yellowknife, NT
  • 1989 – Winnipeg, MB
  • 1993 – Goose Bay, NL


  • 1980 – Brookfield, NS – Junior Nationals
  • 1982 – Kitchener/Waterloo, ON – Junior Nationals
  • 1983 – Lloydminster, AB – Junior Nationals
  • 1986 – 1990’s – Various Western Canadians Championships


  • Competed in Western Canadian Shield Championships with the Arctic Winter Games Team in 1994, 1996 and 1998 and again in 2008 with a Hockey North Team comprised of NWT and Nunavut players.


  • 1986/87 - President – Yellowknife Senior Ladies Fastball League
  • 1991 – NWT Mission Staff – Canada Winter Games – Charlottetown, PEI
  • 1993/94 – Vice President – Ladies Hockey, NWT Amateur Hockey Association
  • 1994/95 – Vice President – Ladies Hockey, NWT Amateur Hockey Association
  • 1994 – One of the main organizers of the NWT Wide Female Hockey School  “Female Hockey Academy of Excellence”
  • 1995/96 – Volunteer of the Year – NWT Amateur Hockey Association
  • Early 90’s to 2015 – Held different positions on the Yellowknife Women’s Hockey Association Executive
  • 2008 – Arctic Winter Games – Yellowknife - Hockey
  • 2009 – Athlete Services – 2009 Hockey Canada Cup – Vancouver, BC
  • 2010 – Athlete Services – Winter Olympic Games – Vancouver, BC
  • She has done some small volunteering around Yellowknife throughout the years
  • 2011 – NWT Mission Staff – Canada Winter Games – Halifax, NS

Additional Accomplishments

  • Early/Mid 80’s – Won the NWT Northstars Competition – Competition with various Inuit games – one of the accomplishments was kicking 6’11” in the one foot high kick – however it was never set as an official record.
  • 1984 Arctic Winter Games read the “Athlete’s Oath” at Opening Ceremonies
  • 1985 Northwest Territories Female Athlete of the Year
  • 1985 Flag Bearer Team NWT Opening Ceremonies Canada Winter Games
  • 1988 Certificate of Merit for recognition of Community Contribution – “Celebration 1988 Olympics”
  • 1992 Gold Medalist for Women’s Hockey at the Arctic Winter Games
  • 1992 Gold Medalist at the Western Canadian Broomball Championships
  • 2010 Being behind the bench for the Women’s Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the Winter Olympics for Hockey
  • 2013 Coaching Team NWT at the Pacific Rim Tournament in Melbourne Australia as the team won Gold

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