Meghan Duggan, captain of the 2018 U.S. Olympic champion hockey team. Announced her retirement on Tuesday, ending the playing career of one of the sport’s great leaders. Duggan a three-time Olympian is the only man or woman to captain NCAA Olympic champion.

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She said. “”It was the correct decision for me and my family. I’m somebody that has carried on with a great deal of my life. Played a ton of my profession dependent on a substance. How I touch and what’s going on in my attention, and that’s what run me to my decision right now.”

She is the first player from the 2018 Olympic side to declare her retirement. Driving an exceptional gathering that asserted the main U.S. Olympic hockey title since ladies’ hockey appeared at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games.

It’s the absolute greatest honor in the world for our team. Duggan told NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire moments after walking off the ice after the PyeongChang final shootout. Which turned out to be her last game. We wanted to bring this back to our country, not for ourselves even then just for everyone. Everyone that stood behind us. The ’98 side that’s been reassuring us on since then.

Duggan debuted with the national team in 2007 as a 19-year-old University of Wisconsin fresher. She played on seven world championship team. Duggan and Cammi Granato are the only women to captain multiple U.S. Olympic sides.

Duggan’s Olympic vision was cool in 1998 when she watched Granato and the U.S. women win gold. Then later wore parallel New Englander Gretchen Ulion medal around her neck and jersey over her shoulders.

“I compare to the way Abby Wambach was looked at on the national team for soccer,” said Brianna Decker, a teammate at Wisconsin and the last two Olympics.

You look at signal-caller in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady, they gather so much respect from their teammates. I personally just think that Meghan brings that. We valued her so much as she led our side to a gold medal.

Duggan, who married retired Canadian forward Gillian Apps in 2018 and had son George on Feb. 29, told teammates her decision to retire in the summer, some in individual calls.

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Decker said. “When I first talked to her, I said congrats because it’s a big turning point in someone’s life, but at the same time she did nothing but leave this program way better than when she came in.”

Still, the only time the U.S. futile to reach the final of an Olympics or world championship.

“Take goes satisfying it up because that was the only car we had,” Bellamy supposed.

She could play with anyone, comprised any role, and put the team first. One of those natural leaders, Katey Stone, the U.S. head coach when Duggan became a captain in 2013, said then.

said Hilary Knight, a teammate for more than a decade between Wisconsin and the national team. “She gets in people’s faces. She plays with a chip on your shoulder. That’s really what you poverty out of a colleague is knowing that when you go into the corner, they’re going to do everything they can to win that battle and the 50-50 puck.”

Duggan experienced heartbreak in 2010 and 2014, part of silver-medal-winning Olympic teams that lost finals to Canada. In between, she was out of competition for 10 months after colliding with a teammate in a December 2011 practice. She called it her rock bottom.

I was just trying to get myself to be able to leave my darkroom and walk to the kitchen, where there are lights, and get food and go outside and not have to wear shades or be able to take my earplugs out or whatever.

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In 2017, Duggan was one of the bests of the U.S. team’s fight for gender equity. Knight supposed Duggan was essential in a wage dispute before that spring’s world championship. At one point, Duggan conventional a phone call from Billie Jean King.

The new bond with USA Hockey extra maternity protection. Duggan remained in the national side player pool last year while on pregnancy leave before ultimately deciding to retire.

“I know she’s successful to go down in history and probably in all the Hall of Celebrities,” Bellamy supposed.

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