United States women’s hockey captain Meghan Duggan retiring

Meghan Duggan, captain of the U.S. women’s hockey team that won Olympic gold in 2018, is retiring.

Duggan, who had a 14-year stint with the national team, announced her retirement in an essay published Tuesday by ESPN.

“Hockey literally changed my life,” Duggan wrote. “I put on a pair of skates as a toddler and grew up through the sport. It’s been one of the greatest privileges of my life to play for Team USA. While being an athlete will always be part of my identity, I am ready for the next chapter.”

Duggan, 33, played in 137 games for the U.S. women’s national team, scoring 40 goals and 35 assists. She won seven gold medals at the IIHF world championships and was part of three Olympic teams — winning silver in 2010 and 2014 and taking home gold in 2018 — the American women’s first Olympic gold in 20

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