Danvers celebrates its Olympic golden girl

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Meghan Duggan (#10, left), captain of Team USA, celebrates with her teammates.

The town of Danvers is celebrating after hometown hero Meghan Duggan, captain of the US Olympic women’s hockey team, led her squad to its first gold medal in 20 years.

Friends and supporters stayed up until the early morning hours of Thursday to watch Team USA’s nail-biting 3-2 shootout win over Team Canada in Gangneung, South Korea.

“We were on the edge of our seats,” said Stefani Palmisano, the owner of Goodies Ice Cream, where Duggan worked as teenager. “That last goal was incredible.”


“I probably didn’t get to sleep until about twenty minutes to four,” said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Amerault. “By the time they gave out the medals, it was 3:30 a.m.”

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The Danvers Fire Headquarters wished Duggan good luck.

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Duggan, 30, grew up in the North Shore town, where her parents still live. She first learned to skate in Danvers Youth Hockey, which congratulated her on its Facebook page.

“Captain Meghan Duggan!!,” the post read. “You are an inspiration to us all and a reminder to #DreamBig.”

Olympic ring posters, wishing Duggan good luck, sprung up around town prior to the gold medal game.

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“The “#10”

“We always say that the kids that work here are part of our family,” said Palmisano, whose shop had a poster in its window. “So it was like seeing one of our own out there.”


On Thursday, the shop offered a 10 percent discount on ice cream -- a nod to Duggan’s #10. And since 2010, when Duggan competed on her first Olympic team, Goodies has served a special dish in her honor. The “#10” includes her favorite flavors, cookie dough and moose tracks, hot fudge and other confections.

PyeongChang was Duggan’s third Olympics. She competed at Vancouver in 2010, and also served as captain in 2014 at the Sochi Games. Both times, Team USA lost to Canada, and brought home silver.

A few weeks after Sochi, Duggan returned to Danvers, where she was paraded around town on a fire truck, her silver medal around her neck.

“She was great,” Amerault recalled. “She’s very well known, but she doesn’t have an ego.”

Kathy McCabe of the Globe Staff contributed. Adam Sennott can be reached at