Grand Forks native and US Women’s National Team star forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson joined MacTalk to update us on National Team training for the 2018 Olympic Games, her personal post-Olympic plans and whether she’ll continue to play and what it was like to appear on ESPN’s “The Body” issue.
Always a gracious guest, Jocelyne is a national leader and star in the world of women’s hockey and a great guest.
The Head Coach of the UND Women’s Hockey Team, Brian Idalski, joined MacTalk to discuss the Team’s decision to fight UND President Mark Kennedy’s decision to terminate their program.
What’s at stake? “If this goes away it’s not coming back and that’s a huge loss for not only the NCAA and the college hockey community, that’s a huge loss for youth players, that’s a huge loss for younger players who have aspirations of getting to this level.”
Were you shocked? “We weren’t on the list in the fall to stand before a group and talk about these things and to say why our program is important to the University,” he continued “there was no discussion and I think that’s what’s made it hard for our player to move on.”
What can you run the hockey program for? “I really think I can operate a first class program at 1.3 (million dollars) .” The Budget that UND released was $1.9 million dollars, Idalski said he didn’t really understand how UND arrived at that number.
The next step: “That’s not my realm when it comes to finance or fundraising at that level. I know some people have reached out and if we can make some headway and start making some gains and do that, perhaps we can sit at a table and have a conversation.”
Erik Fabian, the Assistant Coach of the UND Women’s Hockey Team joined MacTalk today to discuss the aftermath of the University’s decision to drop women’s hockey.
“Our athletes want to fight, so that’s what we want to do” Fabian said. He spoke of the challenge that was in front of them “We’re here for our players. We will fight with them and beside them, we will do it respectfully, we’ll do it professionally and we want to get this done. That is something that is definitely near and dear to all of us here. We always talk about being a family, once a family always a family. We will never end the fight.”
His message for UND Hockey fans is simple, sign our petition.
Current UND Women’s Hockey players Taylor Flaherty, Sara Lecavalier and former player Margot Miller (currently an ER Nurse and Assistant Coach of the Grand Forks KnighRiders) joined Mike McNamara to discuss the elimination of the UND Women’s Hockey Program and the future. All three describe their pride in the program and the shock they felt upon hearing the news via social media that their sport was being eliminated while they were on the ice at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The Team has established a petition that they’re asking the public to support, but of more immediate concern is a request they’ve made of the President of the University of North Dakota this past weekend for a number that would fund the program. “What we’re waiting on is President Kennedy to get back to us” Sara Lecavalier said, “Our Coach Brian (Idalski) had a meeting with Faison this weekend and this number is supposed to get back to us relatively quick. Whether or not that happens that’s in President Kennedy’s hands.”
In the end, all three were resolute about continuing their fight even if they don’t get a number of President Kennedy “That’s when we’d have to take another step, if it comes to that” Lecavalier stated.