Gillian Apps

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Gillian Apps
Gillian Apps (3893036232).jpg
Apps in action for Brampton Thunder, 2009
Born (1983-11-02) November 2, 1983 (age 35)
North York, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
CWHL team
Dartmouth (2002–07)
Brampton Thunder
National team  Canada
Playing career 2001–present

Gillian Mary Apps (born November 2, 1983) is a women's ice hockey player. Apps was a member of the Canadian National Hockey Team that won back to back Gold Medals in three consecutive Olympic Games.

As a psychology major at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States, Apps was a member of her college's ice hockey team, competing in ECAC women's ice hockey. She was a member of the Canada women's national ice hockey team, winning gold medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She was also a winner of gold medals with Team Canada at the 2004 and 2007 World Ice Hockey Championships, and silver medals in that event in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Apps was a member of the Brampton Thunder in the Canadian Women's Hockey League until 2015 at which point she announced her retirement from professional women's hockey.

Playing career

  • She graduated from Havergal College in Toronto in 2001, and played for the Toronto Aeros. During the 2000–01 NWHL season, Apps played with the Beatrice Aeros and finished tied for fifth in league scoring with 42 points.[1] In 2001–02, Apps was a member of the Beatrice Aeros and won the Ontario senior women’s hockey championship.[2]
  • At the first National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Challenge in 2001 at Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Apps was the captain of the gold medal winning Ontario Red squad. She made Canada's national women's team only months later, as an 18-year-old.[3]
  • As a freshman with the Dartmouth Big Green women's ice hockey program in 2002, Apps accumulated 22 goals, 13 assists and 35 points. Apps ranked fourth on the Big Green in scoring. She was on an All-Freshman line with Tiffany Hagge and Cherie Piper.[4]
  • On October 21, 2012, Apps would score the game-winning goal in a 4-3 overtime win against the Toronto Furies. Said goal provided Florence Schelling with the first win of her CWHL career, which was also her CWHL debut.[5]
  • On August 30, 2015 Apps completed the Muskoka Ironman triathlon in just under 15 hours. In September 2015 she retired from the Canadian women's team, after sitting out the 2014-2015 season from both the national team and her CWHL team, the Brampton Thunder.[3] Apps finished her national team career with 50 goals and 50 assists for an even 100 points in 164 games, and ranks second all-time on the Canadian team in penalty minutes behind Hayley Wickenheiser with 255.[6] She is involved with She Swings She Scores, a joint initiative between the Ontario Women's Hockey Association and the Golf Association of Ontario to encourage girls to take up golf as well as hockey.

Coaching career

In the autumn of 2016, Apps joined Katie King's coaching staff with the Boston College Eagles women's ice hockey program.

Career stats


Year Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
2002–03 30 22 13 35 59
2003–04 23 22 13 35 69
2004–05 29 16 26 42 65
2006–07 31 30 16 46 88


Hockey Canada

Event Games Played Goals Assists Points PIM
2004 World Championships 5 4 0 4 10
2005 World Championships 5 4 2 6 8
2006 Olympics 5 7 7 14 14
2007 World Championships 5 1 3 4 4
2008 World Championships 5 1 0 1 1
2009 World Championships 5 2 1 3 3
2010 Olympics 5 3 4 7 10


Awards and honours

  • Honorable mention All-Ivy selection (2003)
  • ECAC Hockey League Player of the Week on Nov 3, 2003
  • ECAC Hockey League Player of the Week on Nov 24, 2003
  • Named All-Ivy League second team (2004)
  • Named Honorable mention All-ECAC Hockey League (2004)
  • 2006–07 ECAC Coaches Preseason All-League Selection
  • 2006–07 ECAC Media Preseason All-League Selection[9]
  • ECAC Player of the Year (2007)
  • ECAC First-Team all-league honors (2007)
  • New England Hockey Writers Most Valuable Player (2007)
  • Top 10 Finalist for 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award[10]


She attended William Berczy Public School in Unionville, Ontario. Apps also participates in snowboarding, wakeboarding, golf, and soccer. She grew up playing girls hockey in the GTA. She attended Havergal College where she excelled as a female athlete.[11] Prior to the 2010 Olympics, Apps worked at the Royal Bank of Canada in an Olympians program, where she was called upon to meet clients or give motivational speeches to employees.[12]

She is the granddaughter of Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1936 to 1948, Hockey Hall of Fame member Syl Apps and the daughter of Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre who played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins Syl Apps Jr.. Her brother, Syl Apps III was signed as a Free Agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 22, 1999, although he never played a game with the Maple Leafs.[13] Her sister, Amy was a member of the Canadian National women’s soccer team[14] and an OUA All Star in 1998 and 1999.[15] Her cousin, rower Darren Barber, won a gold medal in coxed eights at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona as a member of the Canadian team.[16] Barber also competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where he finished 4th. Apps's sister-in-law is Meaghan Sittler, whose father Darryl Sittler competed in the NHL. She is the aunt to a nephew named Sawyer.

On April 17, 2012, Apps (along with Meghan Agosta, Caroline Ouellette, Courtney Birchard, and head coach Dan Church) took part in the opening face off of the playoff game between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers at ScotiaBank Place.[17]

On September 22, 2018, she married American women's hockey player Meghan Duggan.[18]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b Graves, Wendy (September 10, 2015). "Saying a golden goodbye: After 14 years with Canada's National Women's Team, Gillian Apps has decided to step away from the game". Hockey Canada. Hockey Canada. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
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  5. ^ "Game Summary". CWHL. October 21, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2016. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Hefford, Apps, Ward retire from Canadian women's hockey team". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
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  8. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p.16, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6
  9. ^ "ECAC Hockey League Announces Women's Preseason All-League Teams". Retrieved January 14, 2011.
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  12. ^ Kevin McGran (February 4, 2010). "Gillian Apps born with hockey in her veins". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
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  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 22, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 13, 2011. Retrieved 2010-06-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Profile: Darren Barber Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on December 12, 2008)
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  18. ^ "Olympic ice hockey rivals Meghan Duggan, Gillian Apps get married". ESPN. September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.

External links

  • Dartmouth College biography for Gillian Apps
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation biography for Gillian Apps
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