At 30 years old, Meghan Duggan is a savvy veteran on the United States Women’s Ice Hockey Team. She has been the captain of Team USA since 2014 and helped lead her team to a Silver Medal at the Sochi Games. As the team gets ready for the 2018 games in South Korea, she deserves some recognition. The team has high hopes that it can claim the Gold Medal over arch rival Canada.
Born in Beveryly, Massachusetts, Duggan has a storied career that stems back to her days at Cushing Academy located in Ashburnham, Mass. At Cushing, Duggan excelled in many sports and it was clear that she was a special student-athlete. She won the award for the top female athlete three years in a row. She not only played hockey, but was an all-star in softball, soccer, and lacrosse. Bound for greatness, she chose to attend the University of Wisconsin.
As a Badger in 2006-7, she excelled right away. The forward compiled an impressive 26 goals and 26 assists, good enough for second on her team and third among freshman in the NCAA. Her career as a Sophomore and Junior saw equal success as she finished with 43 points and 56 points.
After her junior year, she was selected to play on the 2010 US Women’s Olympic Hockey team. At the tournament held in Manitoba, Canada, she finished the tournament with 4 goals as the US team captured the Silver Medal.
Even with the year off playing for the Olympic Team, Duggan maintained her NCAA eligibility. She returned to her Wisconsin Team with a heightened status, and she thrived. She finished her senior season with 87 points for the Badgers. She was named first team all-American, and received the Patty Kazmaier award, given to the top female college ice hockey player. In addition, she finished as the all-time leading scorer for Wisconsin.
Meagan Duggan continued to flourish on the ice after she graduated with a Biology Degree from Wisconsin. She was selected again to represent the USA in 2014 at Sochi and she led the team to a Silver Medal. She also plays in the National Women’s Hockey league for the Boston Pride.
Duggan has been Captain America since 2014. As the team prepares for the 2018 Olympic Games, it appears she will continue to be captain. She helped lead the team to the 2017 World Championship in an exciting 3-2 OT win over Canada.
Here’s to you Captain America. Best of luck to you and your team in PyeongChang. We will all be rooting for you. Go for Gold!