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Local hockey star Meghan Duggan joins New Jersey Devils as manager of player development

Meghan Duggan captained Team USA to the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
Meghan Duggan captained Team USA to the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.Nick Wass/Associated Press

Three-time Olympian Meghan Duggan is joining the New Jersey Devils in the newly created role of manager, player development in the organization’s hockey operations department.

The Danvers native captained Team USA to the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang and was a member of the US women’s national team for more than a decade before announcing her retirement last October.

“We are incredibly excited to announce that Meghan has joined our player development department,” said Devils executive vice president/general manager Tom Fitzgerald. “As our group has evolved over the past few years to include as much about off-ice as on-ice for development, we believe Meghan will be perfect for this position.”

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In her role, Duggan, 33, will coordinate with development coaches and management on the design, improvement, and execution of progress plans for all players in the organization. She will also join the staff in on-ice development throughout the year.

Duggan joins former US teammates Kendall Coyne Schofield and Cammi Granato, as well as former Canadian rivals Hayley Wickenheiser and Danielle Goyette, in NHL coaching or management jobs.

Meghan Duggan, left, captained Team USA to the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
Meghan Duggan, left, captained Team USA to the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

Coyne Schofield joined the Chicago Blackhawks in November as player development coach, Granato is a pro scout for the expansion Seattle Kraken, and Goyette this week joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as director of player development when Wickenheiser was promoted to senior director in that department.

Duggan, who played at Cushing Academy before continuing her career at the University of Wisconsin, captained Team USA on 10 occasions: twice in the Olympics (2014, 2018), three times in the world championships (2015, 2016, 2017), and five times at the Four Nations Cup (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017).

“Her successful track record as a teammate, leader, captain, and driver of initiatives will be resources to all players in our organization,” said Fitzgerald. “We look forward to her utilizing her perspective of the game, attention to detail, and creative thinking to help our players reach their potential.”

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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