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.
Monique Lamoureux joined Mike McNamara tonight for a SPECIAL UPDATE after the historic four-year agreement between the United States Women’s National Hockey Team and USA Hockey which will allow the Women’s Team to compete in the 2017 IIHF World Championship that begins this Friday.
Monique talks about the pride they felt as the Nation embraced their struggle, the support of former players, college and high school players and the feeling when 16 U.S. Senators publicly supported them.
Extra-curricular activities exist in school districts across the nation to develop the character of young people in a way classroom activities don’t. Whether athletics, arts, academics or any of the other extra-curricular activities that students participate in, each encourages teamwork, leadership skills, cooperation and social development that students don’t get to the same degree from working in the classroom. We are seeing the tangible benefits of these extra-curricular experiences play out on a national stage as two of our own, Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux play prominent roles in the United States Women’s National Team’s fight with USA Hockey for the equitable treatment of their program and for women’s hockey.
One might go so far to say that all of the activities Monique and Jocelyne have participated in have led them to this fight, on this stage and for the leadership roles they are currently playing in this fight. This stand by the U.S. Women’s National Team will change the landscape of women’s hockey forever. It is one thing as an athlete to appear in the New York Times or the Washington Post in the sports section of those papers, it is quite another to appear on the front pages of these historic newspapers as leaders in a fight for equality and change.
Could we as a community be prouder? No. I see them, their conduct as they fight, their restraint and dignity in public through the same lens that I have viewed young Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airman from the region fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan – with incredible pride. But pride isn’t enough, what can we do? For starters, the Grand Forks County Commission, the Grand Forks City Council, the East Grand Forks City Council and the Polk County Commission and their counterparts across the nation where hockey is played should quickly pass singular three part resolutions:
(1) Supporting the U.S. Women’s National Team’s fight for equal treatment
(2) Condemning USA Hockey’s attempt to use high school athletes as replacements
(3) Calling for new leadership of USA Hockey; when the head is misguided or rotten, it must be replaced
Finally, I am equally disgusted and uplifted by what I’ve seen in this fight. I am DISGUSTED by USA Hockey’s backward approach to this issue, their continuing public relations disaster and I am incensed by their recruitment of high school players to become “scabs” and play in an international tournament in Michigan, a pro-labor state that will certainly not welcome scabs – what a great experience to offer those young women. I am INSPIRED by the conduct of our Women’s National Team and the solidarity of female hockey players across the nation that have told USA Hockey that they will not participate as replacement players while the players of their National Team are fighting for a brighter future.
Bravo ladies, stay the course, our NATION stands behind you.
#mojo #proud #BeBoldForChange
Mike McNamara is the host of MacTalk, (a talk radio show that streams on the Internet), a retired U.S. Marine with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and is also a former card carrying USA Hockey Coach and Board Member of the Southern California Amateur Hockey Association, a regional governing body of USA Hockey.
ESPN Report: “The U.S. women’s national hockey team said Wednesday that it will not participate in the IIHF World Championship beginning on March 31 in Plymouth, Michigan, citing more than a year of stalled negotiations with USA Hockey to secure what players consider fair wages and support.”
Grand Forks natives Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux join us to discuss why U.S. National Team players feel their stance is appropriate at this time. Former New Yorks Jets offensive lineman Greg Lotysz also joins the discussion as we explore how women are compensated differently than men are by USA Hockey.
An eye opening interview that leaves many questions at the feet of the leadership of USA Hockey.