The Salem News
---- — It was a dream come true for Meghan Duggan when she represented the United States in the 2010 Olympic Games in women's hockey.
Now, she's one step closer to living that dream again next winter in Sochi, Russia.
The 25-year-old forward from Danvers earned a spot on Team USA's 25-player roster that will train together in preparation for the next Winter Olympics over the next few months. USA Hockey will then choose 21 of those players for the Olympic team.
The team was chosen after a week-long selection camp held in Lake Placid, New York, that featured 41 of the best women's hockey players in the country.
“We had a tremendous camp with our country's best players and faced some very difficult decisions," Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey for USA Hockey, said in a news release. "We thank everyone for their dedication and congratulate those that made the team."
Duggan is a veteran of 84 international games dating back to 2007 and has 33 goals and 55 points in those contests. She is a three-time IIHF world champion with Team USA, helped the University of Wisconsin win three NCAA titles in her times there and also won the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award as the best player in women's college hockey.
She and 12 of the 25 players chosen yesterday have represented the USA at previous Olympic Games.
North Reading's Alex Carpenter, daughter of St. John's Prep and American hockey legend Bobby Carpenter, was also named to Team USA, and is looking to make her first Olympics.
Duggan and eight of the players selected also skate for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, and helped that team win their league's title — the Clarkson Cup — a few months ago.
Harvard coach Katey Stone will coach Team USA in 2014 and the players will train together in a residency program based here in the Bay State as they prepare for Sochi.