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UMD women's hockey: Bulldogs' Bellamy honored by AHCA for career as assistant coach

Laura Bellamy, a Duluth native and Denfeld High School graduate, was honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association with the Assistant Women’s Coach Award for her work on the coaching staffs at Harvard and Minnesota Duluth.

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Laura Bellamy, a Duluth Denfeld graduate and associate head coach of the Minnesota Duluth women's hockey program, was honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association with the Assistant Women’s Coach Award for her work on the coaching staffs at Harvard and Minnesota Duluth. Clint Austin / File / caustin@duluthnews.com

Minnesota Duluth associate head coach Laura Bellamy was honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Wednesday with the 2022 Assistant Women’s Coach Award, which recognizes the body of work over an assistant coach’s career.

A Duluth native and graduate of Denfeld High School, Bellamy is in her ninth season as an assistant coach and associate head coach, and her seventh season with the Bulldogs. She got her start at her alma mater, Harvard, coaching there for two seasons after backstopping the Crimson in goal for four seasons.

In six-plus seasons working under Bulldogs head coach Maura Crowell , Bellamy has helped guide UMD to a 111-86-20 record, two NCAA tournament appearances (2017, 2021) and the NCAA Frozen Four last spring.

“It’s awesome, it’s well deserved,” Crowell said. “I think shes a bit of an unsung hero around here and even across the country. She does so much for us.

“There's been a lot of positives coming out of our program that I would certainly attribute to Laura’s coaching and relationships with our players. I think she's one of the best in the country.”

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In two seasons at Harvard — where Crowell was the interim head coach while Katey Stone was at the Olympics and then associate head coach — Bellamy helped coach the Crimson to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, including a spot in the NCAA title game.

Between Harvard and UMD, Bellamy has coached 14 Olympians, a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award top-three finalist and WCHA Player of the Year in Laura Stalder, and seven different Bulldogs All-Americans.

In addition to UMD, Bellamy has coached at USA Hockey’s Women’s National Team Goaltending Development Camp in the past. She was also part of the working group in 2021 that helped expand the NCAA National Collegiate Women’s Hockey Championship tournament from eight to 11 teams, starting with the 2021-22 season.

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