Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux have not only enthralled our state of North Dakota, they've captivated a nation.  The twin sisters from Grand Forks are North Dakota's only born-and-raised Olympic gold medalists.  They made the announcement recently they have decided to retire from their playing careers.

Growing up in Grand Forks, I was well aware of the Lamoureux hockey name.  Jocelyne and Monique's father Pierre was a goalie for UND in the late 70's and early 80's.  The twin sister's had two brothers also play hockey for the University of North Dakota.  Jean-Philippe Lamoureux followed in his Father's footsteps and played goalie for UND from 2004 to 2008.  Mario Lamoureux who spends a fair amount of his time in Bismarck Mandan coaching hockey camps, played for UND from 2008 to 2012.  Mario is still playing professional hockey in Europe.  Jocelyne and Monique also held hockey camps in Bismarck Mandan recently.

I've been fortunate to meet Jocelyne and Monique several times and even had the pleasure of interviewing them on the radio.  You'll be hard pressed to find a classier or more humble pair of athletes.

Rick Rider
Rick Rider

According to an article in the Grand Forks Herald, this storybook ending is history.  The Lamoureux twins will no longer pursue playing in the World Championships or the Olympics.  "The Lam twins" will retire with a combined 14 World Championships and 6 Olympic medals.  Way to make North Dakota "legendary" ladies!  We're so proud of you.  Here's a look at the Lamoureux twins Olympic moments over the years.  Enjoy!


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