These Women's Hockey Players Used To Be Rivals. Now They're Married.

"From competitors on the ice to partners for life."

Two accomplished women's hockey players who previously competed on the ice came together for a very different event this weekend — their wedding. According to an announcement from Team USA, American player Meghan Duggan married Canadian Gillian Apps in Pownal, Maine, on Saturday.

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The newlyweds played against each other at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics in Vancouver and Sochi, respectively, as well as in five world championships. Duggan served as the women's hockey captain for Team USA at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, where the U.S. defeated Canada for the gold medal. Apps, who won three gold medals with Team Canada, is now retired from the international team. 

The two athletes posted photos from their happy day on social media this week, with Duggan writing on Twitter that it was "the most incredible day of my entire life." Apps also posted photos on Instagram, writing, "Nothing but smiles after this amazing weekend."

According to Team USA's announcement, Duggan played for the Boston Pride in the 2016-2017 season, during which time Apps was an assistant coach of women's hockey at Boston College. ESPN points out that they have four Olympic gold medals and 10 world titles between them, making sure to add just how much of a rivalry their two teams have had over the years, "competing for every gold medal since the women's world championship began in 1990."

Both women's teams have tweeted positively about the news, proving that competition doesn't have to extend beyond the game. "True love overcomes even the largest of rivalries," Team USA wrote to accompany a photo of the women reading their vows. Team Canada retweeted this message and added, "From competitors on the ice to partners for life."

Duggan also received support from her teammates Kacey Bellamy, Brianna Decker, and Erika Lawler — all of whom reportedly served as bridesmaids during the ceremony.

This isn't even the first time athletes from the U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams have connected off the ice. Last November, former team captains Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette welcomed a daughter together. Just like Duggan and Apps, the couple also competed against each other in 2010 and 2014.

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