You may know that Kacey Bellamy, assistant captain and defensive star of the 2018 USA Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, is a 3-time Olympian. You may know that she has won a remarkable 7 Gold Medals playing for the USA National Team. But did you know she was born in Rhode Island in 1987 and lived in East Providence?
Hockey entered Kacey’s life in Riverside, where her parents, Maura and Bob Bellamy, grew up. They eventually moved to Westfield, MA, where they knew no one. “We had to find our own way, without family,” Maura recalled. “Hockey started us within the community and grew us within the community.”
Kacey was inspired to play hockey because of the success of her older brother, Robby, who played hockey at the University of Maine, as well as in the Philadelphia farm system. Her younger brother, Corey, followed in his siblings’ footsteps and now skates for the Huntsville Havoc of the SPHL. Kacey also has a younger sister, Lindsey.
Growing up in Westfield, Kacey spent four years at the Berkshire School and graduated in 2005, where she lettered in hockey, field hockey and softball. In her senior year, she was named team MVP and co-MVP of the New England Prep School Athletic Council Division I. She finished her hockey career with 30 goals and 80 assists. She was Berkshire’s Female Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior.
In 2009, Kacey graduated from the University of New Hampshire with All-American status and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies. She ranks third all-time at UNH in career points by a defenseman. She was also selected to Hockey East’s 10th Anniversary Team
Bellamy has represented the USA in every Olympics and World Championship since 2008, developing into a physical shot blocker rather than an offensive creator. Her work ethic was likely honed by her upbringing. Bellamy’s parents average 40,000 miles per year on the road while making significant financial sacrifices for their three hockey-playing kids.
She also served as an alternate captain for USA world championship teams in 2013, 2016 and 2017. In the 2017 World Championships played last April, Kacey scored the first two goals in her 37th career world championship game against Canada and was named US player of the game. The two teams are odds-on favorites to reach this year’s Olympic finals once again.
Best wishes to USA Women’s Hockey Team and to our Kacey Bellamy.