Raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, along with her four brothers and twin sister, Monique, would regularly spend more than 20 hours a week skating and playing hockey during the winter months on a large section of frozen creek which snaked through town called “The Coulee,” a name derived from a French word meaning “the flow.”
Coming of age on the ice, Jocelyne and her twin sister first became pint-sized hockey powerhouses under the direction of their father, Pierre Lamoureux, who won two NCAA hockey national championships at the University of North Dakota. Never wanting to be accused of favoritism, the elder Lamoureux pushed his girls a little harder than any of their teammates.
But the Lamoureuxs were not a hockey-only family. Jocelyne and her sister were enrolled in whatever sport was in season, including soccer, gymnastics, baseball, swimming, basketball, and even dance classes. Jocelyne and Monique enjoyed the variety, but hockey was always their favorite.
Both girls attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s – a Minnesota boarding school known for grooming budding hockey talent – where they helped the team win three USA Hockey Girls’ 19 and under national championships.
Jocelyne and Monique continued to play on the same hockey teams through their college careers. During their freshman year, both played for the University of Minnesota, helping the Gophers to the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four. That year Jocelyne finished second on the team in points with 65. Her sister Monique put up 75.
The twins transferred back to their parents’ alma mater, playing for the University of North Dakota. In her three-years at North Dakota, Jocelyne set school records for career points (220), goals (97), power-play goals (29) and plus/minus (+104).
In her junior year, Jocelyne scored 82 points to lead the nation. Her performance was also integral to North Dakota making their first ever NCAA tournament appearance. Also that year, Jocelyne was named as a top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, the annual honor handed out to the top Division I women’s hockey player in the nation.
On international ice, Jocelyne has been a consistent force for the U.S. women. In two Olympic Games, she has helped the U.S. win silver, albeit bittersweet, coming after consecutive gold medal game defeats to Canada in 2010 and 2014. Jocelyne has also played in seven women’s hockey world championship tournaments where, along with her U.S. teammates, she has won six gold medals and one silver. Most recently, she turned in a four-goal performance, in five games, at the 2017 World Championships.