Native Duluthian Laura Bellamy will begin her fifth season at UMD in 2019-20, and first as an associate head coach after four seasons as an assistant to UMD bench boss Maura Crowell.
In addition to her UMD duties, Bellamy was named a coach for the fifth annual U.S. Women's National Team Goaltending Development Camp in May at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. It is the third consecutive year that Bellamy has served at the camp, which annually brings together the nation's top female goaltenders from the U-18 to professional level, provides athletes with specialized training and mentoring, as well as critical resources to support their long-term development as elite goaltenders. Bellamy has also stepped in and taken the reigns when Crowell has been at the helm of the U.S. U-18 squads during the past three IIHF U-18 World Championships, having posted a 3-3 record in her own right.members.
Bellamy has helped the program to a 70-60-14 record over her tenure, as well as a Western Collegiate Hockey Association postseason record of 8-5. Over that span, Bellamy has also overseen a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist (Lara Stalder), as well as 31 WCHA Scholar Athletes and a total of 49 WCHA All-Academic Team members. UMD had two All-Americans in the 2016-17 season (Stalder and Sidney Morin), as well as run on league awards, including 2016-17 Coach of the Year (Crowell), 2016-17 WCHA Player of the Year (Stalder), Defensive Player of the Year (Morin) and back-to-back WCHA Student Athlete of the Year award winners in Catherine Daoust in 2017-18 and Stalder in 2016-17. UMD has also had 10 players placed on All-WCHA Teams, including three this past season.
With Bellamy's assistance, the Bulldogs earned 19 WCHA wins in 2016-17, the program's highest since the 2010-11 season, and finished third in the ultra-competitive WCHA (and just three points out of second place). Bellamy also helped UMD back into the national rankings, and the Bulldogs reached as a high as second in both the USCHO.com and USA TODAY/ USA Hockey Magazine national polls for six weeks before resting in fifth in both final season polls. The Bulldogs were also runners-up in the 2017 WCHA Final Face-Off tournament to the University of Wisconsin, UMD's first trip back to the tournament's final game since the 2012 season.
A 2009 graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School and two-sport star with the Hunters, Bellamy spent two seasons working in that same capacity at her alma mater, Harvard University. In 2014-15, Bellamy was an assistant for a Harvard club that reached the NCAA national title game and finished 27-6-3 overall after going 23-7-4 and securing an NCAA playoff berth the previous winter while Crowell was Harvard's interim head coach. Bellamy enjoyed a rewarding four-year goaltending career (2009-13) with the Crimson, posting a 60-25-7 record, a 1.82 goals against average, a .915 saves percentage and 19 shutouts (the second most in program history) in 95 liftetime appearances. As a senior, she paced the nation in goals against with an average (0.92) and ranked second in saves percentage (.949) en route to landing All-Ivy League first team accolades.
Bellamy, who earned a History and Science degree from Harvard in 2013, started between the pipes for six years while a prep for the Duluth Northern Stars and in 2008-09 was chosen the Let's Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year. She also was a five-year starter and ace of the Hunter softball pitching staff.
Former UMD standout Ashleigh Brykaliuk will begin her second season as a Bulldog assistant coach in 2019-20. Brykaliuk spent the 2017-18 hockey season playing professionally in China for the Vanke Rays of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, and compiled 25 points in 28 games on eight goals and 17 assists.
UMD went 15-16-4 with the nation's strongest schedule and made it to the WCHA Final Face-Off semifinals last season with Brykaliuk's help. The Bulldogs also had seven WCHA Scholar Athletes, nine All-WCHA Academic Team members and three players selected to All-WCHA Teams, as well as a USCHO.com All-Rookie Team selection in Gabbie Hughes.
A native of Brandon, Manitoba, Brykaliuk graduated from UMD in May of 2017 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. As a player, Brykaliuk was a two-time All-WCHA Second Team honoree, earning the award in both 2016-17 and 2015-16. Brykaliuk had back-to-back 40-plus point seasons as a junior and a senior, and finished her career as the 12th highest scorer in UMD history. Over 146 career games, Brykaliuk scored 62 goals and added 83 assists for a whopping 145 points -- an almost 1.00 point per game average. As a senior, Brykaliuk not only registered 45 points (17g, 28a) in 37 skates, but helped UMD return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011, and as NCAA Regional hosts for the first time since 2010.
A two-time team captain, Brykaliuk recorded the second-longest scoring streak in UMD history -- a 19-game, 26 point run that lasted from Oct. 29, 2016 through Feb. 11, 2017. Brykaliuk also earned the 2016-17 UMD Maroon and Gold Team Award, an honor that was voted on by her teammates her senior year. The award honors the player who the team thinks best combines the team values of work ethic, attitude and commitment to the team and to the game of hockey. Brykaliuk was also a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection in both 2016-17 and 2015-16.
Brykaliuk is part of an elite group of former Bulldogs who returned to their alma mater to take the coaching reigns. Two-time All-American Maria Rooth was last on the bench for the Bulldogs during the 2010-11 season, and followed former UMD forward Michelle McAteer, an assistant coach in the program in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Four-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist and two-time Bulldog All-American Caroline Ouellette was the first former UMD player in history become an assistant coach, and manned the bench during both the 2006-07 and 2007-08 season.
Director of Operations
Nick Bryant will begin his third season with the UMD women's hockey program as its Director of Hockey Operations in 2019-20, and first as a USA Hockey member of the development camp hockey operations staff.
Bryant arrived at AMSOIL Arena with a lengthy and unique portfolio after spending two seasons as the Minnesota State University, Mankato director of hockey operations and equipment manager. While in Mankato, Bryant spent three years as the Director of Operations for the Anthony Ford Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for childhood leukemia and youth scholarships.
In addition to working as the USA Hockey equipment manager for a year for the Under-18 Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minn., Bryant also spent a summer as an intern for the United States Golf Association. A part of the yearly Miracle Ice Fantasy Camp staff in Lake Placid, N.Y., Bryant was the assistant equipment manager for the Minnesota Swarm during the 2015 season.
Bryant, a native of Livonia, Mich., earned his MBA from the College of St. Scholastica in May of 2019, and prior to that, graduated from MSU in May of 2017 with degrees in both Business Management and Nonprofit Leadership. Bryant attended Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, Wis., where he was a two-sport athlete in hockey and lacrosse.