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March 17, 2014

Hometown salutes Olympian

Danvers rallies around two-time silver medalist Duggan


Being an Olympic hockey player also meant sacrifice, lots of training, missed holidays and family occasions, being away from those she loved.

“The honor to put on this jersey with my country’s colors and say so proudly that I am from Danvers, Massachusetts, you guys have no idea how incredible that is,” Duggan said to applause.

The loss to Canada did not diminish her team’s accomplishments, she said.

“It was a heartbreaking ending for us, and anyone that watched the game, you could see. I thought we had it. I thought I would be bringing gold back to Danvers, and we ended up, you know, pucks bounce a certain way, and things don’t happen the way you want them.”

“It’s OK,” shouted someone in the crowd.

“I said to a thousand people, ‘I am so proud of my team; I am so proud of the way that we played.’ I don’t think we could have asked for a better hockey game for you to watch, to be honest,” Duggan said.

State Rep. Ted Speliotis, D-Danvers, and state Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, fresh from the dedication of the newly renovated Danvers High, presented Duggan with a joint citation from the state House and Senate, with Speliotis saying he rarely gives anyone such an honor two times.

“This is our day; this is not your day,” Speliotis said to laughs as he addressed Duggan. “You can share it.”

“I just want to tell you how proud our nation is, our commonwealth, but especially the town of Danvers,” Lovely said to roars from the crowd. “I’ve never been this close to an Olympian, and I just think it’s just so terrific. Congratulations.”

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.






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