Meghan Duggan retires from Team USA after 14 years

The U.S. women’s hockey team lost a key figure Tuesday. Team captain and forward Meghan Duggan announced her retirement after 14 years with the team.

Duggan, 33, said it was a privilege to play for Team USA, but added she’s ready to embrace the next part of her life, according to ESPN.

Although being an athlete will always be part of my identity, I am ready for the next chapter. I know it’s the right decision for me, but at the same time, it’s still very emotional. The exciting part is deciding what’s next. My wife, Gillian, and I welcomed our son, George, in February. I am looking forward to the new adventure and challenges of being a mom and to helping put George in positions to thrive.

Duggan played in three Olympics, winning silver medals in both 2010 and 2014 before helping lead Team USA to a gold medal

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Meghan Duggan, a champion across women’s hockey, retires

In the midst of the U.S. women’s hockey national team fighting for better wages and equitable support, Meghan Duggan got on the phone with every player to explain what it was all about.

With the world championships on home ice weeks away and the stakes high, Duggan felt it was her duty as captain.

“When you think of a captain on your team and a leader on your team, you want someone that’s willing to do things that no one else is willing to do,” teammate Monique Lamoureux-Morando recalled.

Duggan did that on and off the ice, leading the U.S. to the 2018 Olympic gold medal and spearheading the wage boycott. A year earlier that led to a new contract and a brighter spotlight on the sport.

She announced her retirement Tuesday after 11 years with the national team. She was the first American men’s or women’s player to win

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