By Mackenzie Meaney
“It’s been a fun ride and we know it’s the right time for us to step away from competitive hockey,” Lamoureux-Davidson said of the decision in an interview with Kathryn Tappen on NBCSN. “We’re just thankful for the entire journey we’ve been on.”
Their journey with USA Hockey is well decorated, capped off with a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The win was the country’s first gold medal since the U.S. defeated Canada in 1998. The two teams met again 20 years later, and the Lamoureux twins stepped up big.
Heading into the third period, the U.S. was down 2-1. Lamoureux-Morando scored on a breakaway to tie the game with 6:21 left in regulation.
After a scoreless 20-minute overtime, both teams headed to a decisive shootout for gold. Teammate Amanda Kessel scored in the first and the fourth frame, teeing up Lamoureux-Davidson to win the shootout.
She set out to center ice, staring down Team Canada goalie Shannon Szabados. Lamoureux-Davidson picked up the puck, skated in slow and steady while staying wide to try and catch Szabados off her angle. She closed in to shoot around the hash marks, faking the initial shot to get Szabados to bite. She brought it in close then carried it across the crease to Szabados’ glove side to put it away in the wide open net.
The move has been deemed the “Oops, I did it again” by fans because of the deceptive faked shot: Taking it to the backhand where the net is wide open, but not being satisfied and taking it back to the forehand.
“I just had this feeling we were gonna get it done. Being able to share that with our teammates is a once in a lifetime dream come true,” Lamoureux-Davidson said of the goal.
She also joked that if they had not won in 2018, the twins weren’t sure if they would retire. But the Lamoureux twins have a lot on their minds when it comes to progressing conversations and development of women and girls sports in America.
In 2016, the twins, along with former team USA captain Meghan Duggan, were in the middle of a fight with the national program to give women’s team contracts that provided players a livable salary. Duggan is now on the board of directors for USA hockey, and continues to echo the historic conversation.
“We’ve been given a platform as Olympic gold medalists. We hope to inspire not just young girls and not just young hockey players but young girls and boys, men and women to be the best they can be and make a difference along the way,” Lamoureux-Davidson said to Tappen.
In their story for the Players Tribune the twins noted that they grew up playing on boys hockey teams. In 2018, half of the women played for girls teams growing up, proving there is a shift in momentum, but still a ways to go.
“We want to make sure that the young girls who follow us in this sport don’t have to clear the same barriers that we did — that they have a more equitable opportunity to succeed,” Lamoureux-Davidson wrote.
Retirement for the Lamoureux twins is not the end of their influence in North American Hockey. They will continue to work hard to campaign for player equality, encouraging the younger generations, creating families of their own, and helping out people and players through their foundation.
This is not the end of the Lamoureux twins, but a new beginning on a path that is greater than the game of hockey.
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