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March 22, 2011

Simply The Best

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She accepted the award in front of her entire team and coaches, as well as her family and her best friend and former UW teammate, Erika Lawler, who flew out for the weekend to catch the Badgers' Frozen Four games and Kazmaier ceremony.

Less than 24 hours after playing in her final collegiate game, Duggan was still getting used to the idea that a huge chapter in her life was now closed.

A season removed from taking the 2009-10 college hockey season off at Wisconsin to play for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey team (which she led to a silver medal at the Winter Games in Vancouver), no one could ever claim that Duggan didn't make the most of her senior season. The 5-foot-9 left wing had one of the best individual seasons in NCAA women's history, and certainly one of the most prolific in the Badgers' storied history.

Duggan led the entire country in scoring this year with 87 points (39 goals, 48 assists), also setting a new Wisconsin single-season record in the process. She tied for first in the country in assists and was second in goals scored, power play goals (11) and assists per game (1.18).

Winner of both the Western College Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year and All-WCHA First Team honoree, Duggan led the league in scoring with 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists) in just 28 games. The former Cushing Academy star was named a Division 1 REEBOK Women's Hockey All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association as well.

She leaves the Wisconsin program not only having won three NCAA titles, but is also the program's career leader in points (238), plus-minus (+164) and power play goals (31) while sitting second in goals (108), assists (130), shots (578) and shorthanded goals (5). No one in Badger history has more NCAA points (19 in a dozen games) or overall playoff points than Duggan, either.

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