The iconic Lamoureux twins, Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, announced their retirement from hockey on Tuesday. After legendary careers, it is only fitting that they go out as Olympic gold medalists as they helped Team USA win gold in the 2018 PyecongChang Olympic Games. They also won two Olympic silver medals and six World Championships over the course of their careers.
Having accomplished all there is to accomplish with the national team, the twins are now ready to move on.
“Before last year, we never really felt like we were missing out on life events because of hockey,” Jocelyne told NBC Sports. “We’ve missed funerals, we’ve missed weddings, we’ve missed big family events before, and it never really felt like we were missing out. And last year, that feeling kind of changed.”
Both players were key in winning the gold in PyeongChang as Monique scored the game-tying goal in the gold medal game against Canada. Jocelyne would go on to score the winning goal in the shootout.
The 2018 gold medal was Team USA's first Olympic gold since 1998.
Since 2018, the priorities for both players shifted more towards their families. Monique and Jocelyne gave birth to their first sons a month apart less than a year after winning gold. Monique is currently pregnant with her second child.
There is certainly nothing wrong with retiring to focus on family, but, at 31, it seems like an early curtain call for such a legendary duo. Unfortunately, the state of women's hockey contributed to their decision to walk away.
“It’s not like you have a thriving professional league to step into year-in and year-out," Jocelyne said. "[It’s not like] in soccer or basketball and tennis, where if you’re trying to have a child, you can have a baby and you have something to step into right away.”
Jocelyne, however, will remain active in the game as a member of the board of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association.
“We’re hoping that there [will be] more opportunities for women’s hockey players, and not just national team players," she said.
It is sad to see the game not in a place where it can take advantage of some of the most iconic players in the history of U.S. Women's hockey, but that should not take away from what they were able to accomplish in their legendary careers.