Hockey is pretty big in Grand Forks. But not for women. Not anymore.
The University of North Dakota sent eight players to the Olympics in women’s hockey. Five more players are heading for the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Ten might play in next February’s Olympics.
But, no woman will ever again play hockey in Grand Forks.
Sitting in a room with all my younger crying teammates and can’t stand that UND is doing this to them… we are a family!
— Jordan Leigh Hampton (@jhamps7) March 29, 2017
— Amy Menke (@AmyMenke) March 29, 2017
The school is shutting the program down. It’s one of the most successful in the country.
“A decision has been reached that allows us to address the requested reductions in budget, conference sports sponsorship requirements, Title IX compliance and a desire to raise our level of competitiveness across the board,” athletics director Brian Faison said in a statement.
“UND will honor all athletics scholarships for these discontinued sports at their present equivalencies for returning student-athletes,” he said, adding the school will assist student-athletes who want to transfer.
The players didn’t learn of the news from Faison, however.
Former UND and Olympic star Jocelyne Nicole Lamoureux-Davidson, who played one season for the University of Minnesota and three for the University of North Dakota, blasted the decision, and the leaks to the media before the team was told.
UND sports shame on you for not having the decency to communicate with the staff and players before anyone else! Can’t delete this one!
— Jocelyne Lamoureux-D (@JocelyneUSA17) March 29, 2017
— Monique Lamoureux-M (@moniquelam7) March 29,…