Whats better than 1 great offensive weapon? How about 2 of them? Thats what you get with Monique & Jocelyne Lamoureux. Team USA womens (albeit more attractive) version of the Sedin twins.
Monique already has a WCHA scoring title and Rookie Of The Year trophies on her mantlepiece at the collegiate level. Add ontop of that her 2009 World Hockey championship gold medal, and she has quickly put together an impressive resume at only 20 years of age.
While Monique may have the awards, its certainly would seem Jocelyne is the catalyst for her success. Jocelyne put up more assists than her twin sister last season, and with a .565 faceoff percentage, its clear the majority of their scoring plays probably came off getting control of the puck off the draw. She too has a World Championship gold medal from the 2009 tournament. As well, she was on the WCHA all-rookie team & 1st team all-star.
With several immediate family members involved in competitive sports thru their lives, its no surprise that Jocelyne & Monique are so athletically blessed. A father who played goal in college, a mother who runs marathons & was a swimmer, as well as brothers who play & coach in the sport. They almost seemed destined to be great athletes. Certainly, the University of North Dakota is happy for their pedigree, it has given them 2 top level athletes.
While U.S.A. will likely rely on the likes of Natalie Darwitz, Hilary Knight or Julie Chu to lead the team offensively, they may just be watching the Lamoureux twins closely to see if they will be the leaders come next Olympics. Considering they had 16 game winning goals between them last collegiate season, it wouldnt be a stretch to see one of them pop in a Gold medal winning goal in Vancouver.
Can you guess the current NHL scoring leader this season? If you said Henrik Sedin, you are right. Vancouver Canucks fans have known for awhile how special the #2 & #3 overall picks in the 1999 entry draft are, now the rest of the league is noticing.
An injury earlier this season put twin brother Daniel on the shelf, or else its quite concievable that the wonder-twins could be 1st & 2nd in league scoring right now. With Henrik leading the way, Daniel is 21st in league scoring. Considering he missed 18 games, thats pretty impressive. Just how incredible is it? He is the only player in the top 120 in league scoring to have played less than 40 games so far this season, it truly tells you how amazing these two are.
They are a lethal 1-2 punch that make plays happen by wearing down defenders with an incredible puck cycling gameplan that leaves defenders running around never sure where they should be. When they are teamed with a go to the net & wait type player, they are even more lethal. Their ability to make plays in tight quarters thru seemingly impossible spaces has made mediocre scorers into snipers simply by being on the ice with them.
Already with an Olympic Gold each in 2006 primarily as support players, Daniel & Henrik are looking to repeat on their adopted home turf of Vancouver where they play for the NHL club team the Canucks. Now seen as probably 2/3 of the 1st line for the Swedes Dan & Hank will be expected to perform at a higher level than last Olympics that saw them both get only 4 pts each in 8 gp each.
Although Daniel is primarily the goal scorer of the two, its recently been noted that Henrilk can score himself, as he currently is tied for the lead on his team in goals this season in the absence of his brother for part of it.
If Team Sweden wins any type of medal, the Sedin twins will definitely need to step up and deliver. If this season is any sign, they are certainly ready to do that.
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