COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) and Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), who will be juniors on the upcoming 2007-08 University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, were selected to compete at the 2007 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival, USA Hockey announced on Monday. UNH associate head coach Erin Hamlen, named as an assistant coach on the U.S. Under-18 Select Team earlier this month, will be one of 11 coaches at the Festival, which takes place Aug. 14-21 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Both Bellamy and Faber will be competing for a roster spot on the U.S. Under-22 Select Team that will play host to Canada for a three-game series at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center from Aug. 23-26.

Bellamy, a member of the 2006 U.S. Under-22 Select Team, was a 2007 Hockey East All-Star Second Team selection who ranked No. 12 in the nation in defenseman scoring (0.81 points per game) and No. 14 in power-play goals (nine). She recorded a total of 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points to rank fifth on the team in assists, points and plus/minus (+23).

Faber, whose 2007 collegiate honors included Hockey East All-Star First Team, Hockey East ITECH Three Stars Award and New England Hockey Writers’ Association All-Star Team, is competing at the Festival for the second time in as many years. The forward ranked No. 11 in the nation in assists per game (0.88) and No. 12 in points per game (1.39) last season. Faber led UNH in both points (44) and assists (29), and also ranked second in both goals (15) and game-winning goals (three).

Hamlen (UNH ’93), who will also remain with the UNH program in the 2007-08 season, has helped guide the Wildcats to a 168-60-23 overall record, four Hockey East regular-season titles, two league tournament crowns and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances since joining the program as assistant coach in the 2001 season.
Last year, Hamlen was an assistant coach for the U.S. Select Team at the Four Nations Cup and the World Championships. As a goaltender,

Hamlen was honored as USA Hockey Women’s Player of the Year in 1994. She was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team from 1992-97 and rejoined the team in both 1999 and 2001. At UNH, she led the Wildcats to two ECAC titles (1990, 1991) and two ECAC runner-up finishes (1992, 1993).
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