February 29, 2012

Four 'Cats Named to Women's Hockey East Association 10th Anniversary Team

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – The Women's Hockey East Association announced its 10th Anniversary Team on Tuesday and the University of New Hampshire has a league-leading four representatives -- Kacey Bellamy, Sam Faber, Martine Garland and Kelly Paton -- on the 12-member team.

The 10th Anniversary Team, which was selected by a committee of league head coaches, will be honored Sunday, March 4 as part of the Hockey East Championship festivities at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

Bellamy is one of the top defenseman in UNH history. She compiled 27 goals and 80 assists for 107 points in 143 career games, and the point total is one less than the school record for defensemen. As a senior, Bellamy ranked third in the nation in defensemen scoring and her accolades included RBK All-America First Team, New England All-Star Team, Hockey East All-Star First Team and Hockey East Tournament MVP.

Bellamy was a two-time selection to the Hockey East All-Star Second Team ('07 and '08) and was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team three times ('06, 07 and '09). As a junior, she ranked 10th nationally in defensemen scoring; she was 12th in that statistic as a sophomore and 13th as a freshman. UNH swept the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles all four years Bellamy skated as a Wildcat.

Faber is one of the most prolific scorers in UNH's storied history as she ranks third in career assists (112), fifth in career points (189) and 13th in career goals (77). With those numbers, she averaged 1.32 points per game during her 143-game career. She led UNH in points in consecutive years (2007-08) and led the team in assists three consecutive years (2007-08-09).

Faber was a Patty Kazamier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist as a junior in 2008, when she led the nation in game-winning goals and ranked No. 2 in shorthanded goals, 10th in goals per game and 13th in points per game. As a freshman forward, she ranked No. 3 nationally in rookie scoring and No. 7 overall in points per game, as well as 10th in assists per game. In 2007, Faber was 11th in assists/game and 12th in points/game.

She was a three-time selection to both the New England All-Star Team and Hockey East All-Star First Team. Her other league honors included Tournament MVP (2007, 2008), All-Tournament Team (2006, 2007, 2008) and Three Stars Award (2007). Faber became the first player in Hockey East history to win the Player of the Month award in consecutive months – November and December 2007. UNH swept the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles all four years Faber skated as a Wildcat.

Garland was a three-year captain of the UNH Wildcats whose highly-decorated career included two-time RBK All-America Team selection (2006, 2008) and two-time Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 10 Finalist (2007, 2008). The defenseman's other national accolades included All-USCHO First Team in '06 and Second Team honoree in '07, when she was also bestowed the Sportsmanship Award.

Garland was a three-time selection to both the Hockey East All-Star First Team and New England All-Star Team. As a sophomore in 2006, she led the nation in defensemen scoring and ranked 25th overall in scoring as well as third overall in assists. In 144 career games, she compiled 105 points on 19 goals and 86 assists to rank atop UNH's leaderboard in assists by a defenseman and tied for fourth in points (three less than the benchmark).

Garland was a four-time selection to the Hockey East All-Academic Team to receive distinction as a Distinguished Scholar. UNH won at least a share of the Hockey East regular-season title all four years Garland was a letterwinner (2004, 2006-08) and won the league championship each of her last three years.

Paton completed her career as one of the top point producers in UNH history. In 141 career games, the forward tallied 62 goals and 100 assists for 162 points to rank 18th in goals, fifth in assists and 11th in points.

Paton was a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 3 Finalist and a RBK/AHCA All-America First Team selection in 2010, when she ranked No. 6 in the nation in points per game as well as fourth in assists/game and 20th in goals/game. She was also feted as the New England Player of the Year and Hockey East co-Player of the Year as a senior captain. Her other 2010 league honors included First Team All-Star, Three Stars Award and Player of the Month three times.

Paton ranked 13th nationally in rookie scoring and was voted to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in '07. Paton was named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2009 and 2010. Her other league honors included Second Team All-Star (2009) and All-Tournament Team (2007, 2009). UNH won the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles each of Paton's first three years as a Wildcat.

The Women's Hockey East Association is an eight-team, Division-I college hockey conference that began play in 2002-03 with offices based in Wakefield, Mass. The league also sponsors an 10 team men's league which began play in 1984-85.

 

Women's Hockey East Association 10th Anniversary Team

   Forwards (6)

Sam Faber, UNH '09

Kelly Paton, UNH '10

Kelli Stack, Boston College '11

Karen Thatcher, Providence '06

Jenn Wakefield, Boston U. '12

Rush Zimmerman, Providence '05

   Defensemen (4)

Cristin Allen, UConn '10

Kacey Bellamy, UNH '09

Martine Garland, UNH '08

Kelli Halcisak, Providence '04

   Goaltenders (2)

Chanda Gunn, Northeastern '04

Molly Schaus, Boston College '11

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