, Md. (AP) Twenty years after a cereal box changed her life, Meghan Duggan is pictured on one.When the United States won the gold medal in 1998 at the first Olympics with women’s hockey, an 11-year-old Duggan met Gretchen Ulion and got the forward to autograph her Wheaties box and still has it in her parents’ house and a copy of their photo together with sister Katelyn on her phone.After winning gold at the Pyeongchang Games, the 30-year-old captain is featured on her own cereal box as the attention flows for the latest U.S. women’s hockey champions.”We’re just taking in the win,” Duggan said at the NHL Stadium Series game at Navy between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. ”We were out in L.A. on `Ellen’ and coming and being a part of all these big NHL games and things like that, we’ve got some stuff coming up in New York City next week, which will be really fun.”Appearing on the ”Today” show and Ellen DeGeneres’ show and being feted at Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning games and then outdoors at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is an impressive victory tour.The next step is for Duggan, shootout hero Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and their teammates to extend the traditional 15 minutes of fame and sustain the kind of long-lasting stardom that soccer player Mia Hamm, basketball player Lisa Leslie and other previous U.S. Olympic gold medal and World Cup winners were able to generate.A cereal box is a nice start, and Duggan and several teammates have endorsement deals with Dunkin’ Donuts with more opportunities on the horizon.”Some of us that are out of college can capitalize on the opportunities,” Monique Lamoureux-Morando said. ”Hopefully exposure for one of us is exposure for all of us and it helps grow the game. If someone gets an amazing opportunity that a lot of people are a part of and get to see, then it benefits all of us.”Agent Brant Feldman, who represents Duggan and the Lamoureux twins Authentic Artturi Lehkonen Jersey
, is trying to get his clients mainstream attention beyond hockey. Hilary Knight was the only player not at the outdoor game, but she had a great reason: She appeared on ”Saturday Night Live” in exactly the kind of mainstream spot that could make the gold medalists true household names.Around hockey, they’re very well-known, taking photos with Navy Midshipmen and youth players and drawing chants of ”U-S-A! U-S-A!” from tailgating fans in the parking lot Saturday before the NHL Stadium Series game. Capitals defenseman John Carlson said he and his teammates were watching closely during the Olympics.”It was cool to see the fans’ reaction to them,” Carlson said. ”They’ve been, especially the women’s team has been doing a lot of stuff media-wise throughout the country but also in DC the past couple of days. So to see the rise they got out of a lot of fans and all that kind of stuff throughout the area was really cool.”U.S. players earned headlines in a non-Olympic year when they threatened to boycott the world championships on home ice and came to an agreement on a better contract with USA Hockey.The deal allows players to make up to $129,000 in Olympic years when combined with contributions from the U.S. Olympic Committee – the kind of living wage previous generations of players couldn’t earn.”It’s a great step for our sport,” Lamoureux-Davidson said. ”That’s going to help support our team. … Sponsorships, if those come, that’s great and that’s supplemental income, but what we were able to create with USA Hockey is the biggest step.”The next step for players could include speaking engagements along with some more endorsement deals. But they hope for a bigger change: one professional women’s league in North America instead of the competing Canadian Women’s Hockey League and National Women’s Hockey League.”They currently don’t work together,” Lamoureux-Morando said. ”It’s two completely different entities. So I think moving forward, there needs to be some sort of collaboration Carey Price Jersey
, whether they merge or start working together. There needs to move forward in that direction.”It appears that’s a cause that players want to use their platform to promote. They’d also like to spur further growth of women’s hockey across the U.S. like Ulion and the 1998 team did.”That team, those girls, lit the fire in my heart to want to compete for my country and to want to play on this team,” Duggan said.”Fast-forward 20 years to have the opportunity to really inspire the next generation or to have little girls see that photo or see that Kellogg’s cereal box or see what our team did and want to dream big, it fills my heart. It’s why I am who I am and why I’m here today is because of those girls, and we definitely want to have that impact on the next generation.”— WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets didn’t get down about a two-goal deficit Monday night.Bryan Little tied it late in the third period and Jacob Trouba scored in overtime to help the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4.Trouba took a pass from Kyle Connor and shot into an open side of the net behind goalie Jake Allen. It was Trouba’s first goal of the season.St. Louis led 3-1 heading into the third before Ben Chiarot and Mark Scheifele got consecutive goals to tie it.“That third period, we pretty much said, ‘Screw it. Let’s have fun and battle and work for each other here,'” Scheifele said. “It turned out. It worked for us.“It just shows that any game is in reach if you play the right way. That third period, we played Winnipeg Jets hockey. We were on the puck, we were working hard. We were battling for each other. That’s how you win games in this league.”David Perron put St. Louis back ahead 1:14 after Scheifele’s tying score with a high shot past goalie Connor Hellebuyck, but Little flipped a rebound past Allen with 1:40 remaining.Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and two assists for St. Louis Jeff Petry Jersey Kids
, and Vince Dunn and Colton Parayko also scored.Hellebuyck made 30 saves for Winnipeg (6-2-1), which has points in five straight games (4-0-1).Allen stopped 31 shots for the Blues (2-3-3), who finished a three-game trip (1-1-1) through Canada.It’s the third time this season St. Louis has lost in overtime.“I think we’re scared to lose games right now,” Allen said. “We’re behind in the standings, we know that. We know that each point’s crucial and we’re playing in the third period like we’re scared to lose a game.“If you lose, you lose, but we’ve got to go down swinging. I think we’re just giving teams opportunities, and with a team as good as Winnipeg if we give them chances they’re going to bury them. This loss is on us.”O’Reilly scored 47 seconds into the game and Parayko made it 2-0 before Scheifele got one back 12:07 into the period on a power play. Dunn scored midway through the second on a power play to make it 3-1.“I thought we had a solid two good periods,” Blues forward Pat Maroon said. “I thought we were all over them. They had six shots on net after the first. I mean, we had everything going for us, all the momentum and then something happened.“I don’t know what stopped, but we let it fall behind. But we can’t really focus on that. We’ve got to focus on what we have to do for Thursday. We’ve got to find ways to nip this in the butt and get back to work.”UP NEXTBlues: Begin a season-high seven-game homestand Thursday night against the Blue Jackets.Jets: Wrap up a six-game homestand Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs.