Mar. 1, 2009
Bellamy named high school girls goalie
of the year
By Jon Nowacki
Duluth Northern Stars senior goalie Laura Bellamy
waited patiently at the Ms. Hockey Awards Banquet in St. Paul on
Sunday as various all-state teams were announced.
It was worth the wait as Bellamy’s name
finally was called as the recipient of the Let’s Play Hockey
Senior Goalie of the Year award. Bellamy joins Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s
Johanna Ellison (2005), now at Minnesota Duluth, as the only goalies
from Northeastern Minnesota to win the award.
“Just to be mentioned in the same sentence
with Johanna and some of the top goalies who have come out of the
Metro over the years is an honor,” Bellamy said.
Bellamy is a six-year starter who went 13-3 this
year with a 1.38 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
Duluth coach Amber Fryklund had Bellamy as a player
the past three years and faced her as opponent before that, when
Fryklund was coaching Duluth East and Bellamy was starting for Denfeld-Central.
Then the teams combined.
“Laura helped everyone on our team come
together, as players and people,” Fryklund said. “If
she sets her mind to it at the next level, the sky is the limit
Bellamy, who has a 4.0 grade-point average, will
play college hockey at Harvard next season. About the only thing
that eluded her during her high school career was a trip to the
“I’d definitely give all the awards
back for a trip to the state tournament,” Bellamy said. “So
in that sense this award is a little bittersweet, but it’s
still a great way to end my high school career.”