Team USA Player Profiles: Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux

Jocelyne Lamoureux, along with twin sister Monique, is a key component to Team USA's success in the Olympics. - Sara Melikian/flickr, via Wikipedia Commons

This is a feature profiling each member of the U.S. women's hockey team, leading up to the Olympic Games in Sochi on Feb. 8. This Friday, it's the Hockey Twins -- Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux, the North Dakota natives who come from a prestigious hockey background.

Name: Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux

Number: Monique -- #7; Jocelyne -- #17

Position: F

Shoots: Both are righties

DOB: July 3, 1989

Height: 5'6"

Hometown: Grand Forks, N.D.

College: University of North Dakota

Twitter?: Yes -- @moniquelam7 and @JocelyneUSA17

Notable: Both are graduates of notorious hockey prep school Shattuck-St. Mary's, leading the school to the USA Hockey U19 Championship three times (2005, 2006, 2007)... They have four older brothers, all of whom have played hockey at various levels... Monique graduated from UND as the second-leading point scorer in the history of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association with 265 points (including 113 goals)... surprise, surprise, Jocelyne IS the WCHA'S all-time leading scorer with 285 points... Monique and Jocelyne were the first and second-leading scorers, respectively, in their only year at the University of Minnesota in 2008-09.

Men's hockey has the Sedin brothers. Women's hockey has the Lamoureux sisters.

Growing up in a household full of hockey players can't be easy. But Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux have done pretty well for themselves when it comes to keeping up with their four older brothers, all of whom have played college hockey and three of whom currently play either in the ECHL or overseas. They've won World Championships and gotten on the podium at the Olympics -- I mean, they even have their own DAY -- April 15 -- in their hometown of Grand Forks, N.D. Take that, big bros.

The siblings all grew up playing on a frozen backyard swamp, honing their skills and competing against each other, which stoked their ambition to become elite hockey players. That dedication continues today, through a successful prep school career at Shattuck-St. Mary's and a switch in universities from Minnesota to their home state, North Dakota.

After a successful freshman year as Golden Gophers, the twins asked for a release and made the switch to UND, following in the steps of many of their family members. Their father, Jean-Pierre, led the Fighting Sioux to two national championships as a goaltender; mother Linda swam competitively at UND; and two brothers, Jean-Philippe and Mario, also played hockey. Jocelyne and Monique made the transition without missing a beat, redshirting the 2009-10 season to play for Team USA in Vancouver in 2010 (where they earned a silver medal) and then going on to win numerous honors throughout their college careers. By the time they graduated, they had completely dominated the WCHA -- doing so as a pair.

Indeed, the Hockey Twins (as they've been dubbed) have never been without each other on the ice. Monique said this has led to a sort of automatic accountability system between the two:

"If she's maybe not feeling it one day or I'm not feeling it another day, we'll both get on each other and say, ‘We have to get going.' It's basically like having a training partner 24/7. That's how it's always been."

The twins have also been a part of USA Hockey since 2004, representing the U.S. at the Under-22 Series, the Four Nations Cup and the World Championships (winning gold in 2009, 2011 and 2013), as well as the Olympic Games. Both dynamic scorers, they can also get scrappy and are willing to stick up for each other in the heat of a game. No matter what happens, though, they definitely make the game fun to watch.


Women's Hockey Roundup:
  • A look at the current NCAA rankings and featured game(s) this weekend, from THW
  • The Gophers' pre-game notes for their weekend matchup at home against the St. Cloud State Huskies, currently on a three-game losing streak. Minnesota swept Minnesota State last weekend and is looking to stay on top of the NCAA standings. The Gophers power play is first in the nation at 27.8 percent, with two players -- Dani Cameranesi and Sarah Davis leading the charge at five PPG apiece.
  • Gophers G Amanda Leveille now has eight shutouts on the season and improved to a 1.19 GAA and .948 save percentage last weekend. She earned Defensive Player of the Week in the WCHA for her play.
  • In CWHL news, Montreal Stars all-time leading scorer and Team Canada forward Caroline Ouellette has earned the captaincy for Canada as it prepares for an attempt at a fourth consecutive gold medal. She is the league's first active player and the first Quebec-born player to receive a "C," and takes over for Hayley Wickenheiser, who will serve as a permanent alternate captain. Jayna Hefford and Catherine Ward will rotate the second "A."
  • Also... it's that time of the week again! (Well, tomorrow will be, anyway.) The CWHL Game of the Week will be Brampton vs. Boston at 6:45 Saturday night. Be sure to watch!

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