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Hockey Power Couple Meghan Duggan And Gillian Apps Announce They’re Expecting

By Chrös McDougall | Aug. 30, 2019, 10:50 a.m. (ET)

Meghan Duggan and Gillian Apps celebrated the announcement of expecting their first child via social media on Aug. 29, 2019.


Ice hockey power couple Meghan Duggan and Gillian Apps are getting a new linemate.

The Olympic gold medalists — Duggan for Team USA, Apps for Canada — announced Thursday that they’re expecting their first child.

“Baby Apps-Duggan is on its way! Coming February 2020,” Duggan posted on social media, along with some emojis and the hashtag #MegsIsPregs.

Accompanying the post was a photo of a green baby onesie showing an acorn along with the words “I will be mighty.”

A handful of Olympians offered their congratulations via social media, including bobsled medalist Elena Meyers Taylor, biathlete Clare Egan and longtime hockey teammate Kacey Bellamy.

Duggan and Apps married in September 2018, seven months after Duggan captained Team USA to a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The gold medal followed silver medals for Duggan in 2014 and 2010, when Apps and Team Canada took the top honors. Apps also helped Canada win the Olympic gold medal in 2006.

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In addition to their two Olympic meetings, Duggan and Apps also faced off against each other at five world championships.

Apps, who retired from hockey in 2015, has a long lineage of great hockey players in her family, most notably her grandfather Syl Apps, a Hall of Famers for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Her dad Syl Apps Jr. also played in the NHL.

Duggan, who hails from Danvers, Massachusetts, made her first world championships team in 2007, during her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin. She went on to lead the Badgers to three NCAA titles and captain Team USA at two Olympics and three world championships.

At 31, Duggan hasn’t played since the PyeongChang Games but also hasn’t retired. The next major tournament for the women's national team is the 2019 world championships in April in Finland.

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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