Jocelyne Lamoureux Reflects on North Dakota While Donning the US Sweater

Mark StaffieriContributor IIApril 6, 2013

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As one of the leaders of the United States squad at the 2013 IIHF Women’s Worlds, Jocelyne Lamoureux is hoping to avenge the red, white and blue’s loss in the gold medal game at the 2012 edition.

“You just have to be ready and make the best of it. You have to be ready to go because when the puck drops, it will be a battle.”

With the IIHF Women’s Worlds being contested at Ottawa’s Scotia Bank Place, (home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators), the ice surface is smaller. “I think Olympic-sized ice is more benefiting for our team. We are a fast team and I think the NHL ice is more physical. We have quick girls on our team like Amanda Kessel, Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker.”

Hoping to beat the Canadian squad on their own home soil for a gold medal, Lamoureux is very aware of the rivalry and the intensity that comes with it. “The US has played Canada for every gold medal in the World Championships. These are some of the best players in the world. We have to take care of the puck at both ends. We cannot afford careless plays.”

Many of the European players competing at the IIHF Worlds have also played with Lamoureux at North Dakota. She understands the importance of helping European players improve their skills by committing at the NCAA level. “We have Tonja Eisenschmid (Germany), Michelle Karvinen (Finland) and Johanna Fallman (Sweden). There are also a couple (of Fighting Sioux players) in the B Pool.”

 “It is really big for European countries to keep developing. The NCAA is the next step to development. Canada sends its 18 and 19 year olds to the NCAA. More Europeans will be better (in the NCAA) and it will help develop teams over there (in Europe). Playing against quite a few of them, I wish them good luck.”

As one of the greatest players in the history of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, the 2012-13 season was one of great emotion for Jocelyne Lamoureux. In addition to the season being her final one, she helped the program to its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. Her time with the program held great meaning in her career.

“I mean, it is hard to put in words. It is a place means a lot to my family. My dad played there. It is too bad we lost (to Minnesota) in triple overtime. What we were able to do in the program, it was something very special.”

“I still think about the triple overtime loss, and I am sad with the way it ended. In the big picture, the goal going in (to North Dakota) was to change the program around. I wish nothing but the best for the rest of the girls.”

“All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise indicated”