They were rivals at the highest levels of hockey. Then they got married.

"The most incredible day of my entire life."

Saugus-03/10/18- Olympic gold medal winner, Meghan Duggan, the captain of the US Womens Ice Hockey team, ran a  hockey clinic for youngsters in the parking lot of Big Y Supermarket on an artificial ice surface. The youngsters were given lessons on shooting at the goal and they played several pickup games with her as the parent looked on and snapped photos. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)
Meghan Duggan is a three-time Olympian and captured her first Olympic gold medal at the PyeongChang Games earlier this year. –John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

In two consecutive Winter Olympics and multiple World Championships, Meghan Duggan and Gillian Apps were a part of a fierce rivalry on the ice, suiting up for Team USA and Team Canada, respectively.

Now, Duggan, captain for the US women’s hockey team at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, and Apps, a three-time gold medalist for the Canada women’s hockey team who retired in 2015, are on the same side: The pair married over the weekend in Pownal, Maine.

Duggan, who is from Danvers, called it “the most incredible day of my entire life.’’

“Nothing but smiles after this amazing weekend,’’ Apps wrote on Instagram.


Duggan, 31, and Apps, 34, both forwards, are both three-time Olympians and faced off at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, with Apps’s squad getting the better of Duggan’s side. Apps also won gold at the 2006 Turin Games. Duggan finally got her Olympic gold earlier this year when the Americans defeated the Canadians in PyeongChang. The US had lost the previous four Olympic gold medal games to Canada.

Apps, who played for Dartmouth College from 2002-07, served as an assistant coach for the Boston College women’s hockey during the 2016-17 season while Duggan played for the NWHL’s Boston Pride, her current team. Apps left her position at BC to enroll at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

A few of Duggan’s Team USA teammates were bridesmaids in the ceremony, including forward Brianna Decker, defender Kacey Bellamy, and forward Erika Lawler.