Athlete of the Month: Monique Lamoureux-Kolls
University of North Dakota
Each month we feature an "Athlete of the Month" who is making a name for themselves in their sport and in the classroom as well. These unique, and perhaps inspiring, stories give us a glimpse into the personal perspectives and memorable moments of each student’s time at The University of North Dakota.
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls. At UND, the Lamoureux name is synonymous with hockey. In fact, Sports Illustrated dubbed the Grand Forks family the "House of Hockey." As the youngest Lamoureuxs, twins Monique and Jocelyne were warmly welcomed into the UND tradition when they joined the squad last year. As Olympic silver medalists (Vancouver 2010), they are helping lead their UND team to its best season ever.
Monique has made her way through the many levels of competitive hockey with her best friend and sister, Jocelyne, right by her side. She admits she wouldn't have it any other way. The sophomores even share the same major, kinesiology and exercise science.
As a captain of the team, Monique says she got goosebumps the first time she put on her UND jersey and skated on the ice. It was where she knew she wanted to be.
She's now a newlywed - married to Taylor Kolls, who is in the military and stationed in Hawaii - and looking forward to more milestones. First, the WCHA playoffs. This season the women's team hosted its first playoff series, beating Bemidji State. Monique scored the game-winning, overtime goal to put UND over the top in the third game of the series. Beyond the WCHA, Monique has her sights set on the 2014 Olympics in Russia.
UND wishes her the best of luck accomplishing all her dreams with the same passion and commitment she's shown her whole life.
Amanda Hvidsten. "Athlete of the Month: Monique Lamoureux-Kolls" (2011). UND News Archive. 38.