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

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)
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Meghan Duggan (pictured in Saugus in March) is a three-time Olympian who captured her first Olympic gold medal at the PyeongChang Games earlier this year in South Korea.

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 in South Korea, 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.”

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

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Duggan, 31, and Apps, 34, both forwards and three-time Olympians, faced off at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games, with Apps’s squad getting the better of Duggan’s side. Apps also won gold in 2006 in Turin, Italy. 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 to 2007, 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. 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.

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