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Lamoureux twins announce book to be released in February

Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux wave to fans after the first period of Friday's first game of the NCHC playoff series against Omaha at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux wave to fans after the first period of Friday's first game of the NCHC playoff series against Omaha at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

During the coronavirus pandemic, Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux have not been traveling the world to play hockey or participate in charity events like usual.

But it hasn't slowed them down.

The twins from Grand Forks, who led the U.S. women's hockey team to Olympic gold in 2018, wrote a book detailing their journey.

The book is titled: Dare to Make History: Chasing a Dream and Fighting for Equality.

It will be released Feb. 23 -- one day past the third anniversary of the gold-medal game in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The book is already available for pre-order on Amazon .

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"It alternates between my voice and Mo's voice," Jocelyne said. "We close with one voice. In true fashion with how we've lived our lives together and accomplished our dreams together, there's probably no other way we could write a book."

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The book details not only their rise as hockey players from Grand Forks to the world's stage with the U.S. Olympic Team, but it also details their fight for gender equality with USA Hockey.

In 2017, the U.S. team threatened to boycott the World Championship, which was scheduled for Plymouth, Mich., unless certain equality issues were met by USA Hockey. The two sides came to an agreement before the tournament and the American team went on to win gold.

The following year, they went to the Olympic Games and won the country's first gold in women's hockey in 20 years in dramatic fashion.

Trailing Canada 2-1 late in the third period, Monique Lamoureux-Morado scored the game-tying goal. Then, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the game-winner with a dazzling move in the shootout.

Jocelyne said the book has been about 18 months in the making.

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"One of our friends and mentors, David Cohen, who helped us get involved with the work we did with Comcast, basically encouraged us that our story would be interesting enough for a book," Jocelyne said. "He helped us put a proposal together. You have to get a book agent to shop a proposal to publishers. We are fortunate enough that Radius thought the proposal was interesting enough to support our book."

Both Jocelyne and Monique wrote the book while raising young children. They worked with a collaborator on it.

"We would be working from home, typing away together, editing pages together," Jocelyne said. "It was definitely an interesting process and a unique one. At times, we were reading the same pages over and over and over."

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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