These two Olympic-medal-winning ice hockey players may not share a team — in fact, they’re fierce rivals — but now they’re sharing a life.
At the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games, Gillian Apps won gold with the Canadian ice hockey team; Meghan Duggan, playing for the Americans, took home silver. In 2018, when Duggan and the rest of the American team got gold, Apps and her Canadian teammates were the runners-up.
In late September, Apps of Ontario and Duggan of Massachusetts, were married in a private ceremony in Maine.
At this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Duggan captained the American team past Apps’s Canadian team for the United States’ first gold medal in women’s ice hockey since 1998. In four of the five Olympic Games since, Team USA had been the runner-up to Canada, creating an intense international rivalry.
The two sides came together for the wedding, though, to celebrate two of their most decorated stars.
Duggan, a defender, had two assists during the Americans’ gold medal run. She plays professionally for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League. Several Olympic teammates — Kacey Bellamy, Brianna Decker and Erika Lawler — served as bridesmaids.
Apps won an additional gold medal at the 2006 Turin Games, along with three world championships. She is the granddaughter of Hockey Hall of Famer Syl Apps and the daughter of former NHL player Syl Apps Jr. She was recently an assistant coach with the Boston College women’s hockey team.
Apps and Duggan are not the first Canadian-American women’s hockey couple. Former American captain Julie Chu and Canadian captain Caroline Ouellette welcomed a baby girl in December.