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.
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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 seven consecutive world championship gold medals, two silver medals at the Olympics and one at worlds and the title in South Korea in her final international tournament.
“I am incredibly thankful and humbled by the opportunities I’ve had throughout my hockey career,” Duggan said. “At the core of those experiences are people; my family, teammates, coaches, support staff, organizations, fans, and the next generation of players: you have all changed my life.”
Duggan changed theirs.
Her legacy off the ice will be defined by her role in the 2017 boycott over player compensation, especially in non-Olympic years.