Olympian Picard of Taunton to meet fans Friday

The city of Taunton is planning a homecoming celebration for Olympic hockey player Michelle Picard on Friday.

The silver medalist will appear at Silver City Galleria from 5 to 6 p.m. for pictures and autographs. The event is free and open to the public.

The U.S. women's hockey team won the silver medal at the Sochi games, losing a heart-breaking match to Canada.

"We couldn't be prouder of Michelle and Team USA for their performance in the Olympics," Mayor Tom Hoye said in a statement. "Michelle represented Taunton like a true champion, and we are very excited to welcome her home."

NBC 10 News will have live coverage beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.