The New Jersey Devils have announced that Meghan Duggan has been named for the new role of Manager, Player Development. This position has been created recently and will be performed under the team’s Hockey Operations Department.
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) May 19, 2021
Meghan Duggan Hired For Newly Created Role
Duggan retired from professional hockey in October of 2020. She had a successful hockey career, having represented the United States at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. For the first two, she helped the team conquer the silver medal. However, she conquered the gold medal in 2018 as the team captain. Duggan also represented Team USA in eight IIHF Women’s World Championships, winning gold seven times.
The American player has played in the NCAA for the University of Wisconsin. She finished her college career as the Badgers’ all-time leading scorer. Duggan played for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Once the CWHL ended, she played in the NWHL from 2015 to 2017 with the Buffalo Beauts and the Boston Pride.
Her career on-ice has been impeccable but her impact off-ice is also memorable. She has worked hard to improve diversity and accessibility within the hockey community. Duggan was a part of the NHL’s Player Inclusion Committee last season and has been a spokesperson for gender equality, diversity, LGBTQ+ advocacy and teamwork throughout her career.
What This Means For The Future
The Devils’ general manager, Tom Fitzgerald, seems excited by the role Duggan is to perform.
“We are incredibly excited to announce that Meghan has joined our Player Development Department,” said Fitzgerald during his press interview Wednesday. “As our group has evolved over the past few years to include as much about off-ice as on-ice for development, we believe Meghan will be perfect for this position.”
According to New Jersey, Duggan will work closely with Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Dan MacKinnon at all types of operations within the development department. She will be coordinating the Athlete Care group, Development Coaches and Management on improving the progress plans for the players.
Duggan will join the Devils’ staff in on-ice development while also being responsible for staff schedules. She will be collecting data on Devils prospects and AHL/ECHL players and assessing all organization’s players with in-person and video scouting.
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