UND MEN'S HOCKEY: Four questions with Mario Lamoureux
Mario Lamoureux Number: 9. Position: Forward. Class: Senior. Hometown: Grand Forks. Size: 5-9, 185. Previous team: Tri-City (USHL). NHL rights: Free agent. Major: Entrepreneurship. Favorite vacation destination: Bonnyville, Alta. Would like to vi...
Hometown: Grand Forks.
Size: 5-9, 185.
Previous team: Tri-City (USHL).
NHL rights: Free agent.
Favorite vacation destination: Bonnyville, Alta.
Would like to visit: Italy.
Best meal you can cook: Chicken parm.
Favorite WCHA road trip: Anchorage.
Favorite nonconference trip: Boston.
Q. You played in two North Dakota state hockey tournaments and won both of them. What do you recall from those teams?
A. The first year, we had the Moreland brothers, my brothers Jacques and Phil, Morgan Simonson, Jake Marto. . . we were a stacked team. We went 26-1. We lost to Red River once, but beat them four other times. We had six consecutive shutouts in EDC and state, which was pretty unheard of. The next year, we lost some guys but we knew we'd still be a good team. In the state final game, we were down 2-1 to Fargo South and scored two goals in the last minute to win it. It was pretty awesome.
Q. What was it like playing in the state tournament at such a young age (eighth and ninth grade)?
A. It was cool. People actually went to watch your games, so that was nice. You got to play some cross-state and crosstown rivals in a great atmosphere where people were actually excited about your games and what was going on.
Q. Is there a game or a moment from the state tournament that stands out for you?
A. I think something that was really special to me was when Jason Stadstad was going through cancer treatment at the time of the state tournament. We played Red River in the semifinals and that game went into overtime. We won on a goal by Pat Lindgren. After the game, we shook hands and both Red River and Central gave a salute to Jason. I thought that was really classy that both teams did that, especially a team that just lost. That's something that was really special to me. I thought it was cool and that's something I will always remember.
Q. Who should win the Patty Kazmaier Award as women's player of the year?
A. I think Jocelyne is giving Monique a run for her money, but Monique's husband is a marine and I don't want to get him mad. So, I'm going to go ahead and say it should be one of those two. They deserve it.