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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published January 27 2010

Hockey family: Lamoureuxs get Sports Illustrated feature today

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Lamoureux family is well-known in this area for their hockey exploits.

Today, America’s most popular sports magazine will introduce them to the rest of the country and the world.

Sports Illustrated’s eight-page feature, including a portrait photo of the family on the English Coulee, will hit store shelves today in the issue with the New Orleans Saints on the cover.

Writer Gary Smith, who traveled to Grand Forks in September in order to conduct interviews with coaches and family members, chronicles the rise of Pierre and Linda’s six children to college hockey’s highest level and beyond.

In the lead of his story, Smith states, that the Lamoureux family is “perhaps the most remarkable sporting clan in the United States.”

The story credits the family’s natural passion for hockey and the time spent on the coulee perfecting their skills as the keys to their success.

All six children are currently involved in hockey.

Goalie Jean-Philippe played at UND and is now with the Buffalo Sabres’ top minor league team, the Portland Pirates. Jacques is a junior at Air Force. Mario is a sophomore at UND. Pierre-Paul, who played in the Western Hockey League and at the University of Manitoba, is now a UND student-assistant coach. And twins Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux will represent Team USA in the Olympics next month. They’ll be sophomores at UND in the fall.

Growing up together, they frequently played hockey on the English Coulee behind their neighbor’s house.

“One freak year, the coulee frozen in late September,” the story says, “and a few other times at Halloween. But it almost always congealed by mid-November, a month or more before the local rinks opened, allowing the Lamoureux – who spent 20 hours a weekend and another dozen during the week – to amass thousands more skating hours than their peers.”

Brad E. Schlossman is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.