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NWHL stars hope to provide a-ha moments

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NWHL all-stars line up prior to Saturday's Skills Showdown at the Lemieux Sports Complex. — CHRIS ORBAN / DKPS

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Meghan Duggan stood in her parents’ living room as a wide-eyed 12-year-old in 1998, watching Team USA skate to the world’s first Olympic gold medal given to a women’s hockey team.

Days after those 1998 Olympic Games, Duggan attended an event to meet Gretchen Julian, where Julian placed her gold medal around Duggan’s neck and allowed her to wear her jersey.

It was her ah-ha moment, she said, recalling the memory before the NWHL All-Star Game Sunday at the Lemieux Sports Complex.