GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux were named to the final 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team, becoming the first-ever women's Olympians while enrolled at North Dakota. USA Hockey formally announced the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team at a ceremony today in the Best Buy® Rotunda at Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minn.
"Finding out Jocelyne and I will both be going to the Olympics was awesome," said Monique Lamoureux. "I think when it set in, we both looked at each other and gave each other a look that I don't know how to describe, it's just one of those things you don't need words for."
The event included the 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, from Feb. 12-28.
The 2009-10 U.S. Women's National Team, which previously held 23 players, has been based in Blaine, Minn., since early September. The team is in the midst of competing in the Qwest Tour, which features 10 games in nine cities and ends just prior to the 2010 Games.
"This has been a goal of ours ever since 1996 when women first competed for hockey at the Olympics," Jocelyne Lamoureux said. "For Monique and I it has always been "we" and now we are one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of winning a gold medal. I think it is important to keep in mind that it isn't just good enough be there, but to make a difference and help the team win in February."
"Whenever people have asked in the past about what my dreams are, I've always answered it with 'our' or 'we'," Monique Lamoureux said. "All of the dreams I have regarding hockey or other sports has always included my sister."
The squad will play in five more Qwest Tour games, including in St. Paul, Minn., on Dec. 30; Hamden, Conn., on Jan. 3; Madison, Wis., on Jan. 5; and Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 4.
"I think both of those kids are extremely gritty, competitive, have a strong desire to compete and do well," Fighting Sioux head coach Brian Idalski said. "I think more than anything else (Team USA) needs that grit and composed with their skill, talent and will to compete physically, especially where I have alluded to before with Canada. Canada is very big, strong and physical. Team USA overall has a good skill level, but I think they are missing some of the elements of toughness which they are going to need when they play Canada."
"The twins obviously bring that. They are not afraid of physical play or competing and battling for pucks, along with putting pucks in the net. They have been consistently scoring for them. I am excited for them."