50th U.S. Hall of Famers announced
by Andrew Podnieks|09 SEP 2022
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando will be among the inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Yesterday, USA Hockey announced the inductees for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in this its 50th year. Honourees include Steve Cash (sled hockey), Jim Johannson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, and Ryan Miller.

The ceremony will take place at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota on 30 November and will also include honouring the newest recipient of the NHL’s Lester Patrick Trophy.

Cash, a sled hockey goalie, won Paralympic gold three times and was a five-time world champion during his 16-year career. He is the first sled hockey player to join the ranks of the best hockey players in U.S. hockey history. “I was inspired by the team that won the gold medal in Salt Lake,” Cash said of his early motivation. “Sled hockey allowed me to achieve my dreams. To have this honour exceeds my wildest dreams. I can’t imagine what my life would be without hockey.”

Johannson was known as “JJ” to everyone until his passing in 2018. He was posthumously awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 2018 and the IIHF’s Paul Loicq Award in 2019 for his contribution to U.S. hockey as well and was a much loved and respected member of the international hockey family. He played at two World Juniors (1983, 1984), two Olympics (1988, 1992), and the 1992 World Championship, before becoming a successful administrator with USA Hockey, building teams for all levels of IIHF competition and winning gold many times over at virtually every level. 

He will be represented at the ceremony by his wife, Abby. “I’m so proud of JJ and know he’d be so honoured by his induction into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. I will always remember his kindness and generosity towards others. He was such a wonderful person and had an impact on so many people.”

The Lamoureux twins timed their retirement perfectly. Jocelyne and Monique were critical in leading the Americans to a spectacular 3-2 win over Canada at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. Monique scored the tying goal with only 6:21 remaining in the third period, and then Jocelyne scored the winner in the shootout, giving the U.S. their first Olympic gold since 1998. Both players were different, but both contributed to many gold-medal successes. Jocelyne was the scorer and Monique played both defence and forward, and for some 15 years they were key elements of Team USA’s roster.

“This is a special class to be a part of,” Jocelyne noted. “When you look back at your career, you think about all the people who helped get you to where you were and maintain a career that I had. You can’t do it alone. When I think about being inspired, it was the ’98 team. Monique and I watched them win a gold medal. We were in first grade, but that really sparked our Olympic dreams and our Team USA aspirations. We were fortunate to wear the red, white, and blue for many years. The shootout goal in 2018 is probably the defining moment for my career, but what I’m most proud of with the teams I was a part of was not just the medals but the change we made for women’s hockey. It has grown so much, the speed, the skill, and so to be a part of such an instrumental group on and off the ice is what I’m most proud of.”

“When you look back on your career, you remember your teammates and who has been a part of your journey,” Monique added. “We texted the other day with Megan Keller and Kacey Bellamy having just watched the Women’s Worlds, and now that we’ve been removed from the sport for two or three years, you can reflect back on how special the leadership group was that we were a part of for a number of years. The more removed you are from it, the more you realize how special it was, and what we were able to accomplish. It’s a reflection of all the people around us for so many years. And finally getting that Olympic gold in 2018 is something we’ll always cherish.”

Miller is the winningest American-born goalie in NHL history, and he took the U.S. to overtime of the gold-medal game at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver at which he was named tournament MVP for his sensational play. “My inspiration came back watching the Lillehammer Olympics,” Miller recalled. “I realized then that I wanted to be a professional goalie, but also that it was important for me to represent my country internationally.”

Indeed, Miller played at the 2002 and 2003 World Championship, and he won silver in Vancouver before playing at the Sochi Olympics four years later. In 19 NHL seasons, the Michigander played 797 games and won the Vezina Trophy in 2010.