Olympic silver medalist Kacey Bellamy has been added as an assistant coach to Merrimack’s women’s ice hockey staff.

Bellamy, a graduate of University of New Hampshire, joins Head Coach Erin Hamlen and Assistant Coach Brent Hill on staff. The school is still piecing together its sqaud, which will compete at the Division I level in 2015-2016.

The school announced its first few recruits last week.

Bellamy was part of the United States Women’s National Ice Hockey Team, which captured silver medals in the Olympics in both 2010 and 2014. She also played for the Boston Blades of the CWH. She was a five-time member of the U.S. Women’s National Team for the IIHF World Women’s Championship.

Hamlen and Bellamy already have a working relationship – Hamlen coached Bellamy when she was in college, with the United States National Team, and also with the Blades.

“She has grown to be a leader at every level and, as a two-time Olympian, continues to grow as a player,” Hamlen said. “As a coach, she will bring her elite experience to a young team.”

Bellamy, a defenseman, ranks third all-time in career points at UNH.

“I am honored and thrilled to become part of Merrimack College and the first-ever women’s ice hockey team,” Bellamy said in a statement. “Erin and Brent have done an incredible job and I can’t wait to join their process in forming a successful program.”

A college hockey fan and hockey player, Krista Patronick decided to pursue a career in sports management after earning a degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2009 and spending three years in journalism. She received her Master's of Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2013. After realizing she was meant to work in the hockey world, Krista went to work in any press box she could get into. She kept statistics, wrote shot charts, tweeted and live-blogged her way to a job as an operations coordinator and marketing director at The Hockey Academy in Hudson, N.H. She works with the company's two junior teams, adult hockey players, and youth teams. Krista is a goalie and enjoys playing hockey in her spare time. She is a die-hard Bruins and River Hawks hockey fan. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @KristaPatronick

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