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Decades of dominance: The rise of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s hockey program

Located in Faribault, Minnesota, Shattuck-St. Mary's has helped develop some of the best skaters to ever play the game.

David Griswold

David Griswold, KARE

Published: 9:37 AM CST February 27, 2023
Updated: 11:01 AM CST February 27, 2023

Tucked away in a city of about 25,000 people sits a campus that was once home to some of the greatest hockey players to ever step onto the ice.

Before Sidney Crosby was selected first overall in the 2005 NHL Draft or Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson sent shockwaves through the world with one of the most memorable shootout goals in U.S. women’s hockey history, they were lacing up their skates at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

Located along the Straight River in Faribault, Minnesota, Shattuck-St. Mary’s has become a hockey factory known for helping mold some of the world’s premier players over the past two decades. Crosby, Zach Parise, Kyle Okposo, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Toews have all carved out well-established careers in the NHL, while Amanda Kessel, Brianna Decker and the Lamoureux twins – Monique and Jocelyne – all played pivotal roles in helping the United States capture gold in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Credit: David Griswold, KARE
Trophies won by Shattuck-St. Mary's hockey teams over the years.

“Reflecting back on it, the most pivotal moment of my hockey career was coming here and attending Shattuck-St. Mary’s, being around these incredible coaches who have so much knowledge of the game,” said Decker, who was hired last year to be the girls' associate head coach and a special advisor for the hockey program. “Now, being back here, these kids have that opportunity to learn from all these coaches as well. But the main thing here is that you’re surrounded by incredible talent, and your peers are unbelievable at what they do.”

The talent surrounding Decker at the time was second to none, giving her the opportunity to share ice with the Lamoureux sisters and Kessel, who Decker knew even before attending Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

“We grew up playing together and against each other quite a bit, being both from Wisconsin and only being about an hour apart,” Decker said. “When I decided to come here, she was like, "Alright, maybe this is the right move for myself." Playing here with her was awesome. She’s one of the most skilled players I’ve ever played with.”

And it wouldn’t be the last time the two played together.

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