U.S. Gold Medal Hockey Champion Marries Her Canadian Rival
May 12, 2020
POWNAL, MAINE — Meghan Duggan, captain of the gold medal-winning USA women’s Olympic hockey team, has married a rival on the ice, Gillian Apps, three-time Olympic champion and Canada’s former forward. The two tied the knot on Sept. 22 on a farm in a small town outside Portland, Maine.
The newlyweds have faced off twice in the Olympics. Canada won both times in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. The gold medal game in the Pyeongchang was the U.S. against Canada. Duggan led the U.S. to victory to bring home the gold.
Kacey Bellamy, Brianna Decker and Erica Lawler, fellow hockey Olympians, were the couple’s bridesmaids.
The Team USA website says Duggan and Apps aren’t the first such couple born out of the North American hockey rivalry. The U.S.’s Julie Chu and Canada’s Caroline Ouellette, both four-time Olympic medalists, announced their child in November 2017.
The U.S.-Canada rivalry has been raging for decades, including a nearly 30-year head-to-head in the Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, in which the two hockey giants always faced off for the title. The U.S. won the last four, according to NBC.
Article image: Meghan Duggan #10 of the United States controls the puck against Rebecca Johnston #6 of Canada in overtime during the Women’s Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images AsiaPac)