After years of orchestrating some of the biggest wins in American women’s hockey, Jacqueline LaMoureux-Davidson and Monique LaMoureux-Morando announced their retirement on Tuesday.
In an interview this month, the 31-year-old, Lamorex twins said they preferred spending time with their families and cited the loss of three elderly relatives in recent years and the coronovirus epidemic as a factor in their decision saw. Both sisters became mothers within the last two years, and Lamoureux-Morando is expecting another child in a few weeks.
The sisters’ retirement comes four months after the 2018 team captain, Meghan Duggan. But the three players will continue to have an impact on the national team away from the ice.
Duggan sits on the USA Hockey Board of Directors, serving as an important female voice within the national governing body, an organization that historically lacks diversity. She and LaMoureux were pioneers in advancing USA hockey four years ago to award a contract to a women’s team that ensured a salary of approximately $ 70,000 per year.
With the 2017 deal ending in a month, Lamorex-Morando and Lamorex-Davidson are helping players reach a new deal as members of the negotiating committee.
“This will be our last stamp on the program as players.” Lamoureux-Morando said.
Retirement leaves the team with a leadership void, said Hillary Knight, who debuted in the national team in 2006 with Lamoureux.
“Honestly, I don’t think anyone will ever replace them,” Knight said. “Those three set an extraordinary example, not only of what it’s like to be a member of this team, but the ambassadors and social component in the ice.”
Lamoureux-Morando said the conversation was “definitely in a more positive place” at this point in 2017, praising USA Hockey for creating more “open dialogue” with the women’s team.
In March 2017, two weeks before the World Championship tournament began, the national team announced Boycott plan If the player does not receive a proper contract from USA Hockey, this event.
Duggan and Lamoureux not only ensured that each member of their team was on board with a complete boycott; They also called on hundreds of female players through all levels of the game, with their loyalty and promise that they would not accept the offer to compete as replacement players in the World Championship.
When there was a new deal Announced Three days before the World Championship tournament began, the four-year contract included benefits such as maternity leave, which Lamoureux and Duggan were the first to use.
“We’re definitely building a previous contract rather than working from Ground Zero,” Lamoureux-Morando said, with players taking cognizance saying the pandemic affected operations throughout the game, including The 2020 Women’s Hockey World Championship and other events were included. “The players’ perception is: how do we make the next contract better, what can be decided?”
In early February, when asked if negotiations had taken place with the women’s national team, a USA Hockey spokesman said it was “on the front”.
Duggan and Lamoureux said that creating more opportunities in American hockey was a priority for underrated groups.
According to usa hockey recently Diversity scorecard The report, since 2019, was about 19 percent of the 91 voting members on its board of directors – nearly half of the desired benchmark set by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. (USA Hockey reported zero people of color on its board, even though Julie Chu, who is an Asian-American, is a longtime member.)
The lack of women with powerful positions in USA hockey makes Duggan’s presence notable. In 2017, Chu, A four-time medalist, was a vocal proponent of the women’s national team’s fight and pushed the board to reconsider the negotiations when the talks were falling apart.
“It gives us a voice to be able to advocate and be able to bring some things to the fore,” Duggan said.
Completion of negotiations for the 2017 contract did not happen immediately Relations between the governing body and the women’s team.
In an upcoming book by Lamoureux-Morando and Lamoureux-Davidson, in which an advance copy was reviewed by a New York Times reporter, the players described a fantastic treatment for the 2018 Olympics from USA Hockey.
This included coaches incorporating mandatory weight-ins and comments about players being out of shape, which caused “unhealthy stress” for team members, Lamoureux-Davidson wrote.
He said that when Olympic first veteran Kyle Stack was dropped from the roster, coach Rob Stober used Stack’s omission as a threat that Lamoureux’s spots could also be a risk. Stauber did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Prior to the epidemic, USA hockey began acquiring more women’s sports in larger arenas and with more national television coverage. In 2017, USA Hockey created a women’s high-performance advisory group, a collection of former and current national team players and staff members, to help USA Hockey’s promotion, marketing and efforts to raise funds for girls’ hockey Was to But the group only started regular meetings in 2019.
Being away from playing Duggan and Lamoureux, he listed several players who could emerge as leaders along with Knight and Casey Bellamy, two veterans who were at the forefront of the 2017 talks.
Kendall Koenne Shofield, Lee Stakelin, Brianna Decker, and Megan Keller were all mentioned as possible heirs to the Loire Room Leaders.
“We know we’re on our way and other players need to come in and fill our roles,” Lamourx-Morando said. “It’s really important for us to be a part of the upcoming contract and to get more for those players.”