All in the goalie's family

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:42 AM ET

Printed across the top of the two-page picture featuring an entire Lamoureux clan laced into skates and draped in jerseys, the words ‘House of Hockey’ headlined the Sports Illustrated article.

One day, goaltender Jean-Philippe (J.P.) Lamoureux hopes the sport he loves pays for a house of his own in which he can hang the framed version of the photo he and his five siblings were all given by the magazine that ran a lengthy feature on the hockey-crazy North Dakota family.

“When we grow up and buy our own homes, we’ll all have one to put in the house,” Lamoureux said Tuesday at the Saddledome during a break in the Calgary Flames development camp.

“It was pretty neat. An honour for the family. I would say it kind of caught us off-guard when we knew there were people interested in writing something.”

The 25-year-old netminder, who signed a one-year AHL deal with the Abbotsford Heat this summer, is a success story on his own. Add five hockey-playing siblings and the story merits the inside pages of a February issue of SI.

His twin sisters, Jocelyne and Monique, played for the silver-medal winning U.S. women’s team at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Mario will be a junior at the University of North Dakota this fall.

Pierre-Paul played three years for the Red Deer Rebels under Brent Sutter and is now coaching at UND.

Jacques is a premier point-getter at the Air Force Academy.

“You’ve got a grinder, a scorer, two kind of more finesse players, and we’ve got a rugged defenceman,” said J.P., who could tend the twine in the family’s starting lineup.

“Hockey ruled the household.”

Ever since dad, Pierre, left Edmonton and walked on at UND as a netminder, Grand Forks has been home to one of the biggest hockey families since the Sutters.

Now, J.P. is trying to make his name with an organization littered with members of hockey’s first family.

Some may doubt the abilities of a goalie listed at being 5-foot-10 (on skates, maybe), but Lamoureux is used to proving the skeptics wrong.

“Every year, from pretty much my transition to high school, high school to junior, junior to college, it’s always been, ‘He’s been good at this level, but I don’t think he’ll be successful at the next level,’ ” Lamoureux said. “I’ve been able to be goalie of the year in every league I’ve been able to play in so far, except for the American League — hopefully, I can achieve that in the near future.”

He’ll get that chance with the Heat, pushing younger prospects Leland Irving and Matt Keetley for the No.-1 role on the farm after primarily playing backup with the Portland Pirates a year ago.

The former UND standout was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2008 and went on to become the ECHL’s goalie of the year the following season after guiding the Alaska Aces to the Kelly Cup final, so there’s definitely a lot of potential.

“I’ve certainly got a long way to go,” Lamoureux said.

All he has to do is look at that Sports Illustrated photo to remember how far he’s come.

steve.macfarlane@sunmedia.ca


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