The U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team's first stop back in the United States, 24 hours after the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, was to Los Angeles to visit the Ellen Show and then attend an LA Kings game.
At the game, they met with the LA Lions Girls Program where they were able to talk with the players about their own journey, sign autographs and spend quality time with them.
U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team Captain Meghan Duggan wanted to provide a gift to help continue the growth of girls hockey in the area, as it had helped her U.S. teammate Cayla Barnes develop her game. She hoped the gift would inspire the Lions to dream big.
Meghan, with the help of her partner CCM Hockey, was able to make a donation of hockey equipment to the LA Lions Program. Each girl received a new pair of hockey gloves and goalies received a new CCM Stick.
"The sport of hockey has led me to so many opportunities and helped me grow as an athlete, leader and person. Being able to give back to the sport and being able to provide the LA Lions with the equipment they need to play is my honor and pleasure," said Duggan.
"Looking forward to seeing some of them on Team USA in the future!"
The Lions program has grown from 65 girls on four teams in 2017-18 to 100 girls on eight teams in 2018-19. And who knows, maybe some of them will be on Team USA in the future like Barnes or Dominique Petrie.
"We could not be more proud to work with an athlete like Meghan who is committed to giving back to and growing the game of hockey," said Corry Kelahear, SR Director, Global Marketing and Strategy of CCM. "She is a role model for all the girls that this equipment will give an opportunity to and her drive to see them get involved and have the chance to play is infectious".
"The LA Kings are incredibly grateful to our friends Meghan Duggan and CCM for your recent donation of hockey equipment to our LA Lions program," said Kings president Luc Robitaille.
"Growing the game of hockey is one of our organization's primary goals and the LA Lions program - are tremendous representatives of not only that growing program but our community on the whole."