Lamoureux twins retire after 14 years with USA Hockey
Though they didn’t know it at the time three years ago, USA Hockey’s Lamoureux twin sisters played a major role in the perfect scenario for their retirement on Tuesday.
Had it not been for their clutch contributions in the Victory for the United States in the shootout 3-2 against Canada in the gold medal match at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando could have been back on the ice training rather than announcing the end of their illustrious 14-year international career.
“My husband asked me this question two weeks ago,” Lamoureux-Davidson said, as to whether the decision to retire would have been more difficult if the United States had lost.
“My first reaction was, ‘Yes, we could.’ And then I really thought about it, and I think it would have been much more difficult, ”she added. “We’ve been chasing a dream for so long, so if we hadn’t won who knows.”
The issue has become moot thanks in large part to the Lamoureux sisters, who are leaving the sport on a positive note.
Lamoureux-Morando scored the tying goal with less than seven minutes to go and Lamoureux-Davidson scored the decisive shootout goal, leading the United States to their second Olympic title and their first since the Nagano Games in 1998.
“We had no idea this would be our last international tournament, and to top it off with an Olympic gold medal. But I think it’s almost appropriate, ”said Lamoureux-Morando. “It is certainly not an easy decision to make, but a decision that is right for us and at the right time.”
They were members of American teams that won six world championships and an Olympic silver medal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver and Sochi in 2014.
The two took their leave after the 2018 Winter Games to give birth to sons, before returning to represent the United States in a series of exhibition games against Canada until last year.
Their decision to retire comes a year before the Beijing 2022 Games open. The 31-year-old identical twins from Grand Forks, North Dakota, are emphasizing off-ice priorities.
There’s the family, with Lamoureux-Morando announcing that she is expecting the birth of her second child next month.
And then there is business. Apart creation of a charitable foundation To help underprivileged young people, the sisters are preparing to promote their new book, “Dare To Make History”, which is due out in two weeks.
Lamoureux-Davidson is also busy focusing her attention on improving women’s hockey for the next generation of players. She is a member of the board of directors of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association, which has been formed two years ago with the goal of establishing an economically viable women’s professional league in North America.
Lamoureux-Davidson’s work with the PWHPA is an extension of the role she played in helping lead a female player revolt in 2017 that led USA Hockey to increase her salary and benefits – including maternity leave – for members of the National Women’s Team.
The two made their USA Hockey debuts at age 17 at the 2006 Four Nations Cup before splitting their college careers with one season in Minnesota and their last three in North Dakota.
Lamoureux-Davidson, a forward, ranks third on the NCAA career roster with 285 points (125 goals, 160 assists) in 149 games. Lamoureux-Morando, who has played both forward and defense, is tied for fifth with 265 career points (113 goals, 152 assists) in 149 games.
Their USA Hockey career numbers were also almost identical.
Lamoureux-Morando finished with 62 goals and 81 assists for 143 points in 135 games. Lamoureux-Davidson has 63 goals and 75 assists for 138 points in 137 games.
“I am both proud of your huge impact on the 2018 Olympics,” Angela Ruggiero, a former teammate and member of the US 98 squad, told the Twins on a video conference on Tuesday. “You left your mark on the program with these games alone, but so did what you did off the ice, with your advocacy for playing equality and more opportunities for girls and boys. women. “
Katie Million, program director for the USA Hockey Women’s National Team, compared the impact on the sport of the gold medal won in 2018 to that of the team that won in Nagano.
“You will also be making history as pioneers of this next generation of female hockey players,” Million said on the call.
The twins announced their retirement in a article published on The Players’ Tribune.
“When we both started thinking about retirement, I thought about all the goals we had set for ourselves throughout our careers. We crossed out most of them. What about the ones we missed? We learned from those experiences and did our best along the way, ”wrote Lamoureux-Davidson.
“I can look at myself in the mirror and be proud. Proud of myself, my sister and the teams I was a part of, ”she added. “Even as our playing days are drawing to a close, I know our leadership roles in hockey are not ending anytime soon. “
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