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  • Writer's pictureJoe Pace

New England Sports 366, #86: Meghan Duggan

Born in Danvers, Mass and a graduate of local Cushing Academy, Meghan Duggan is one of the most decorated hockey players to ever represent the United States in international play. She's played in three Olympics, taking home two silvers (2010 and 2014) and captaining the gold-medal winning team in 2018. In eight women's world hockey championships between 2007 and 2017 she's helped lead the USA to seven golds and one silver. The woman has hardware.

Oh, and while at the University of Wisconsin she played on two national champions, in 2007 and 2011, and was honored with the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the best player in women's collegiate hockey. She's the all-time leading scorer for the Badgers. She did some coaching with Clarkson's program, and continues to play professionally with the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League.

In 2018 Duggan married her fellow Olympic gold medalist Gillian Apps. Except Apps (a Dartmouth grad) won hers with the Canadian national team. So, when Duggan gave birth to their first child on Leap Day 2020, the question was, what country will the young man play for when he grows up? Sidelined during her pregnancy, Duggan (now just 32) is still interested in lacing up her skates again for Team USA. If there's ever another Olympics.

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