WAKEFIELD, Mass.-- The Women's Hockey East Association announced the selection of 23 student-athletes from its eight member programs - including Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Martine Garland (Toronto, Ontario) Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Angela Taylor (Foxbar, Scotland) of the University of New Hampshire - to the All-Star team that will compete against the U.S. National Team on Dec. 11 at UNH's Whittemore Center.
This exhibition against the Hockey East All-Stars is one of the stops for Team USA on its Hilton Family Skate to 2006 Tour. Tickets for the game, which begins at 2 p.m., are available at the Whittemore Center box office and at www.unhwildcats.com.
"We are excited about sending Hockey East's best to meet America's best," Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna stated in a league release. "The coaches have assembled a talented squad and with a good portion of the roster comprised of freshmen and sophomores, we are optimistic about the future of our conference."
Bellamy is a freshman defenseman for the Wildcats. She has played in all three games this season with a plus/minus rating of +2.
Garland, a sophomore tri-captain who is a veteran on the Canada Under-22 Team, is the leader of UNH's defensive unit and also quarterbacks both the power-play and penalty-kill units. After earning Hockey East All-Rookie team honors in 2004, Garland missed last season due to injury. In three games this season, she has four points on two goals and two assists.
Hekle, the 2005 Hockey East Scoring Champion, is a junior forward and tri-captain for the 'Cats who recorded team highs in both assists (33) and points (52) last season. This year, Hekle leads the team in assists with six and is tied for the team lead in points with seven. With those numbers, she entered the week ranked No. 1 in the nation in assists per game (2.00) and tied for second in points per game (2.33).
Taylor is a freshman forward who also has a wealth of experience on the blue line and international experience playing on the Great Britain Women' s National Team. She has made immediate contributions to UNH's offense with a goal and four assists for five points.
In a release earlier this month, it was also announced that UNH alum and current assistant coach Erin Whitten Hamlen ('93) will be one of three assistant coaches for the Hockey East All-Stars.
NCAA restrictions limited representation to a maximum of four players from any single program and UNH is one of four teams to fill that allotment. The roster by nationality is comprised of 12 players from the United States, 10 from Canada and one from Scotland. By class, there are eight juniors and five from each of the senior, sophomore and freshman class.