Inducted into the Providence College Hall of Fame in 2008
Inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 with the 1998 US Olympic Team
Inducted into the US Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2019 as a member of the 1998 US Olympic Team
Born on November 6, 1972, Vicki Movsessian was and continues to be one of the building blocks of the incredible rise of women’s hockey in the USA. In the fighting spirit of the town she was born and raised in (Lexington, MA), Vicki was part of the revolution that led to Team USA to the first-ever women’s Gold Medal at the Olympics Games in 1998.
She began her hockey journey as a figure skater at age 6. After two years on the ice, she traded in her toe picks to play hockey with the boys in the Assabet Valley Youth Hockey League. During her high school years, her growth as a player in youth leagues began to pay dividends as she was selected to her first women’s US National Team at age 16.
Over her 4-year career with the Lady Friars, Vicki was one of the leaders of their nationally ranked teams, twice earning All-ECAC honors, including in 1994 despite missing much of her senior season with a broken leg. Meanwhile that year, she was earning a 4.0 GPA, graduating Magna Cum Laude at the top of her major.
After graduation, Vicki became an assistant coach at Northeastern while also working full-time for Prudential Financial. She would also represent the USA at the 1994 IIHF World Championships in Lake Placid and the 1997 IIHF World Championships in Canada.
In 1996, Vicki received a grant from USA Hockey, enabling her to leave her job and train full-time for the 1998 Olympic Games. Two years later, she joined 6 former Friars, including Sara DeCosta and Cammi Granato, in celebration of capturing Gold in Nagano. She and her Olympic Team were inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.
In 2002, Vicki became a volunteer coach with the Lady Friars. She then embarked on the transformative effort to give back for all that had been given to her playing hockey. Her goal was “to educate, motivate, and inspire young girls to believe in themselves enough to try and achieve their dreams, in hockey and beyond.”
To that end, she formed the all-girls MA Spitfires, which today fields 17 teams, ranging in ages from U-6 to U-19. Eight years later, RI Hockey asked her to duplicate her effort in RI. She teamed with close friend Sara DeCosta to form the RI Sting Girls Hockey Club that suits up teams aging from U-8 to U-19. All together, over 450 young women are growing their talents under their guidance
Vicki, a longtime resident of Lincoln, RI, is married to Chris Lamoriello, assistant GM of the NHL’s NY Islanders. They are the proud parents of three girls. And, yes, they all play hockey.