Lamoureux and Lamoureux-Davidson Win Young Alumni Award
At just 25, Monique Lamoureux, '12, and Jocelyne Lamoureux Davidson, '12, '13, are among the most decorated athletes ever to graduate from the University of North Dakota.
The twin sisters have enjoyed prestigious hockey careers as members of the U.S.Women's National team, playing in four International Ice Hockey Federation Woman's World Championships, six Four Nations Cups, and one IIHF Twelve Nations Invitational Series. The pair has competed In two Olympic Games, winning silver medals in 2010 and 2014, and look forward to a shot at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Lamoureux has become a household name for those who follow UND hockey- the twins' parents, Jean-Pierre and Linda, raised them and their four brothers in Grand Forks. The six siblings grew up playing hockey on the English Coulee behind their house, and the youngest two, Monique and Jocelyne, were constantly challenged to keep up with their brothers, all of whom went on to play collegiate and/or professional hockey.
"Growing up, we just wanted to do what our brothers were doing,” Monique said. “We learned at a very young age to always work hard if we wanted to keep up with them.”
The twins take pride in their educational accomplishments as well, remaining full-time students at UND during the 2010 Olympics and completing their Bachelor of Science degrees in Exercise Science in 2012. Monique is currently finishing her last six credits of graduate school, and Jocelyne earned her master's degree in Kinesiology in December 2013 -a feat she accomplished behind the scenes as the 2014 Olympics season began.
“School has always been really important to me,” said Jocelyne, who boasted a 4.0 GPA in graduate school. "Finishing my master's wasn't something I expected to do. I was really proud of it- not everyone does it and I went above and beyond my educational requirements to accomplish that.”
As college sophomores, Monique and Jocelyne transferred from the University of Minnesota to UND; here, they'd help shape the future of an up-and-coming women's hockey program, essentially putting UND Women's Hockey on the map.
Before the Lamoureuxs joined the UND women's team, it finished among the bottom of the WCHA. During their junior year, the team made the national tournament; as seniors, they made the tournament again, losing their last game in triple overtime to a team that ended up winning the national championship.
They say that, although they didn't end their UND careers with a national championship, they are satisfied knowing they had a hand in changing the culture of the program and get it moving in the right direction.
Jocelyne finished her collegiate career as the WCHA's all-time leading scorer; Monique came in second, just 20 points behind her sister.
Today, after completing an internship with Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Boston, Monique is proud to call herself Camp Director and CEO of Lamoureux Hockey, a family venture based in Grand Forks that hosted its first camp in 2014. Lamoureux Hockey's ultimate goal is to provide good-quality coaching and camps for children in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
“I want to give back and give kids something to aspire to,” Monique said. “Because of the position I'm in, I'm a role model to a lot of girls. We wanted to play for the men's hockey team growing up, but it's important for girls to have female athletes to look up to.”
In May, Jocelyne began a position at Altru's Sports Medicine Department as a Performance Enhancement Specialist, where she's putting her UND education to good use. “I got my degree to be able to help athletes train the right way and do the right things to see improvements in their physical ability,” she said. On top of working with athletes, she hopes to start a program for children to pursue healthier, more active lifestyles.
Jocelyne married Brent Davidson, ’11, also a former UND hockey player, in June. She says, at least for the foreseeable future, she plans to stay in Grand Forks. "To me, Grand Forks and the University of North Dakota are one and the same. It's special and we are fortunate for what UND has given us.”