American forward Meghan Duggan, who has captained Team USA to Olympic and World Championship Gold success for over a decade, today formally announced her retirement from pro hockey at age 33.
Duggan played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin, winning three National Championships (2007, 2009, 2011) and winning the Patty Kazmaier Award as top NCAA player in 2011, her senior year; Duggan also holds the distinction of being the only person to captain both an NCAA and Olympic championship squad. Duggan then played professionally, first for the Boston Blades of the CWHL from 2011-15, followed by two seasons in the NWHL from 2015-17, with one season each for the Buffalo Beauts and Boston Pride. Duggan captured the Clarkson Cup twice with the Blades, in 2013 and 2015, and made the championship finals for her respective squads in four of her six pro seasons. Duggan was a one-time CWHL and two-time NWHL All-Star, finishing her pro career with a combined 55 points in 56 games.
Debuting with the senior national team at the 2007 World Championships, winning Silver, Duggan won an unprecedented seven straight World Championship Gold medals (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) in her remaining appearances, not having played in Team USA’s most recent silver medal in 2012. Duggan also played at three consecutive Olympics, winning Silver with the 2010 and 2014 squads, while leading the U.S. to their first Olympic Gold in 20 years at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, in what would be her final national team appearance. Duggan, who served as permanent captain of the national team from 2014-18, also participated in ten Four Nations Cups, winning six Gold (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017), three Silver (2007, 2009, 2010) and one Bronze (2013) medals. Duggan retires with 78 points in 144 national team games, and is a member of the women’s Triple Gold Club.
Over the course of her 11-year career with Team USA, Duggan won 15 IHLC titles out of a possible 16 in her playing career, first winning at the 2008 World Championships, with her final title being her final game with Team USA, their Olympic Gold title in PyeongChang. We wish Meghan and her family the very best for her retirement and the things to come!