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Meghan Duggan joins NBC Sports Boston

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U.S. Olympic hockey captain Meghan Duggan will join NBC Sports Boston’s coverage of the Bruins’ run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting Thursday.

Duggan, who took Olympic gold in PyeongChang and silver medals in 2010 and 2014, will be part of NBC Sports Boston’s 30-minute Bruins postgame shows along with The Sports Hub’s Michael Felger and two-time U.S. Olympian Tony Amonte.

The Bruins, Stanley Cup champions in 2011, open their first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Duggan’s Olympic teammate Monique Lamoureux-Morando joined the NHL Network as a studio analyst last month.

On March 6, two-time U.S. Olympian AJ Mleczko made her NHL game analyst debut for a Red Wings-Bruins contest on NBCSN after calling the last four Olympic women’s hockey tournaments for NBC.

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U.S. captain, head coach named for men’s hockey world championship

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After an Olympics without NHL players, the U.S. men’s hockey team brought back star power by naming the first member of its world championship team — Patrick Kane, the most accomplished player to suit up for worlds in at least a decade.

Kane, a two-time Olympian and 2010 silver medalist, was named captain for next month’s tournament in Denmark. More roster members are expected to be named later this week.

USA Hockey also named Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill as the world championship head coach, succeeding Olympic coach Tony Granato of the University of Wisconsin.

Kane and Blashill were available as their NHL teams did not make the Stanley Cup playoffs that start this week.

Kane played in one previous world championship — in 2008, following his rookie season with the Chicago Blackhawks when he earned the Calder Trophy. He co-led the U.S. at that world championship with 10 points.

Several players have gone more than 10 years between world championship appearances for the U.S., including Hockey Hall of Famers Mike Modano (12 years) and Phil Housley (11 years). Kane is the most accomplished American on a world championship team since Modano’s last appearance in 2005.

Blashill, coming off his third season guiding the Red Wings, was also head coach at 2017 Worlds, where the U.S. lost to Finland in the quarterfinals.

Blashill’s assistants are 2014 Olympic head coach Dan BylsmaDon Granato (Tony’s brother and Blackhawks assistant), and Seth Appert.

The U.S. last won worlds in 1960.

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U.S. Olympic hockey goals leader signs with Boston Bruins

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Ryan Donato, the Harvard junior who led the U.S. Olympic hockey team with five goals and six points, has signed a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins retained Donato’s rights after taking him in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. He could make his NHL debut on Monday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Donato, 21, tied for the Olympic men’s tournament lead in goals and was the only male player in PyeongChang to average one goal per game.

He was one of four NCAA players on the U.S. Olympic roster of 25 players that otherwise included veterans playing in the American Hockey League and in Europe.

Among Americans, only John LeClair scored more goals at one Olympics in the NHL participation era from 1998 through 2014.

Donato’s father, Ted, played in the 1992 Albertville Olympics and then made his NHL debut with the Bruins the following month, starting a career that lasted until 2004.

The Bruins signed another PyeongChang Olympian, captain Brian Gionta, on the day of the Closing Ceremony on Feb. 25.

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