by Ralph Routon
With the U.S. women's hockey team playing its last pre-Olympic exhibition game Thursday night against Finland at Colorado Springs World Arena, Air Force hockey coach Frank Serratore and his best-known player came to watch.
Not just to see good hockey, either. Serratore made the journey along with his All-American forward Jacques Lamoureux, despite the fact Air Force will be playing Colorado College Friday night on the same World Arena ice, for another reason.
Lamoureux, aside from being one of the nation's best college hockey players, also happens to be the older brother of 20-year-old twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, both of whom are on the women's Team USA heading for the Winter Games starting next week in Vancouver.
Jacques, interviewed between periods during the NHL Network's international telecast of Team USA's 5-1 victory, recalled how he and his brothers (the Grand Forks, N.D., family was featured last week in Sports Illustrated) initially didn't want to play neighborhood hockey games on the same team with their sisters "because we would lose." As the twins quickly progressed, though, "we wanted them on our side so we could win," Jacques said.
But that wasn't the great quote of the evening. Instead, that honor went to Serratore, always quick and sharp with his tongue. As the two entered the World Arena, Serratore turned to his player and delivered a barb that the coach later shared with that NHL Network audience, saying:
"So, Jacques, how does it feel to be the third-best Lamoureux in the building tonight?"