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LGBT Olympic hockey couple announce they’re expecting a baby

Olympic hockey players and married couple Meghan Duggan and Gillian Apps will welcome their first child in February 2020.

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Meghan Duggan of the US Women’s National Hockey Team speaks at the espnW Summit held at Resort at Pelican Hill on October 1, 2018 in Newport Beach, California.
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Meghan Duggan and Gillian Apps — the Olympic medalists and married couple who played for Team USA and Team Canada, respectively — recently announced that they’re expecting their first child.

In a tweet, Duggan wrote, “Baby Apps-Duggan is on its way! Coming February 2020 #MegsIsPregs.” The tweet contained an image of a baby’s onesie bearing the picture of an acorn with the words “I will be mighty” below — a reference to acorns growing into 80-foot oak trees.

Their expected delivery date suggests that the child was conceived around early May or June of this year. That would mean Duggan is currently about three to four months pregnant.

Duggan, 31, has reportedly not played pro-hockey since the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, but she hasn’t retired either. Her pregnancy may explain her absence on the ice.

Duggan and Apps were one of the 41 athletic LGBTQ couples we highlighted to commemorate the anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions upholding the rights of same-sex couples.

As we mentioned when they first married in 2018, Apps, now 35, won three Olympic golds playing for Team Canada in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Duggan won silver medals after Team USA finished second to Canada in 2010 and 2014. Her team eventually won gold in 2018.

Apps and Duggan aren’t the only female hockey players in a same-sex romance, of course. American Julie Chu and Canadian Caroline Oullette are also married hockey Oympians; Oullette has four Olympic golds, Chu has three Olympic silvers and a bronze.

On July 22, 2018, Anya Battaglino got engaged to Madison Packer — both women play in the National Women’s Hockey League.