Two rivals on the ice are a match made in hockey heaven. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Gillian Apps and US Olympic championship team captain Meghan Duggan, who have four Olympic gold medals and 10 world titles between them, tied the knot this past weekend so it was a win-win.
Apps, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, married Duggan, 31, in an outdoor ceremony in Pownal, Maine, according to Team USA. “True love overcomes even the largest of rivalries. Just ask Meghan Duggan,” the team said.
Apps, 34, retired in 2015 after racking up 100 points in her international career. A native of Unionville, Ontario, the former forward last played for the Brampton Thunder in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. She is the granddaughter of Hockey Hall of Famer Syl Apps and daughter of NHL player Syl Apps Jr. She currently works as an assistant coach with the women’s hockey program at Boston College.
Duggan, who led Team USA to a gold-medal win over Canada at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics in South Korea, currently plays for the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League.
“The U.S.-Canada ice hockey rivalry is one of the most storied in team sports, with the two nations competing for every gold medal since the women’s world championship began in 1990,” Team USA said.
The couple shared several wedding pics online. Both women wore white gowns, while Olympians Kacey Bellamy, Brianna Decker, and Erika Lawler served as bridesmaids. “The most incredible day of my entire life,” the USA captain said.
According to Team USA, Apps works as an assistant coach with the women’s hockey program at Boston College. The Canadian Olympic Committee congratulated the women on social media. “From competitors on the ice to partners for life,” Team Canada said. “Congrats!”
Duggan and Apps are not the first US-Canadian hockey couple. Last November, former US captain Julie Chu and Canadian captain Caroline Ouellette, who have eight Olympic medals between them, welcomed baby daughter Liv Chu-Ouellette. The couple met in 2003 and began dating in 2005.
Same-sex couples are becoming increasingly visible in the sports world, as societal acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and athletes grows. Earlier this summer, professional soccer star Megan Rapinoe and basketball legend Sue Bird appeared on the cover of the 2018 ESPN Magazine Body Issue. The couple has been dating for over a year and a half.