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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), a senior defenseman and captain of the 2009 University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was one of 21 players selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team. The announcement was made by USA Hockey on Thursday afternoon.
The team, which was selected following a 32-player tryout camp held at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., will defend its world title at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship from April 4-12 in Hameenlinna, Finland. Team USA will train in Lake Placid until its March 30 departure for Finland and will play a pre-tournament game vs. Sweden on April 2.
Bellamy, a 2009 RBK All-America First Team selection, is one of seven defensemen selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team from the original pool of 10. She is one of 16 returnees from the 2008 world championship team as well as one of 17 member of the ’08 Four Nations Cup championship team. Bellamy earned silver medals as a member of the U.S. team at the Four Nations Cup in 2006 and 2007.
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This season for UNH, Bellamy recorded six goals and 22 assists for 28 points in 35 games to rank third nationally in defensemen scoring. She was second on the team in plus/minus (+22), tied for third in assists and was fourth in points. Bellamy was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star, then scored a goal in both the semifinal and final games of the Hockey East Championship Tournament to lead the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive league tournament title and garner Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team accolades.
Bellamy compiled 27 goals and 80 assists for 107 points in 143 career games. She was one point shy of tying the UNH benchmark for career points by a defenseman shared by Kristen Thomas and Cindy MacKay.
UNH (24-6-5) won its sixth consecutive Hockey East regular-season title and its fourth straight league tournament crown in 2009. The Wildcats were the hosts of an NCAA quarterfinal game for the fourth consecutive year.