BOSTON – The Harvard women's hockey team joined together for its annual end-of-the-season banquet at the Harvard Club of Boston May 6. Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, ran the event which featured awards, senior presentations and videos.
Stone presented three awards at the banquet after a dinner with players, staff and friends of the program and also named next year's captains. Jillian Dempsey was named the Most Valuable Player, Hilary Hayssen earned the Bertagna Most Improved Player Award and Laura Bellamy was given the Dooley Award, presented to the player who best combines sportsmanship, enthusiasm and devotion to hockey in honor of former coach John Dooley. Kalley Armstrong, Marissa Gedman and Josephine Pucci were named captains for the 2013-14 season.
Dempsey secured her spot as one of the best players to put on a Harvard jersey with the best season of her career in 2012-13. The senior co-captain, who earned her third straight team MVP, led the team with 24 goals, 21 assists and 45 points during the 2012-13 season. The Winthrop, Mass., native, who finished her career ninth on Harvard's all-time scoring list, was a first team All-Ivy League and All-ECAC Hockey selection.
Hayssen beat out numerous candidates for the Bertagna Award, named in honor of former Crimson head coach and current Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna. The senior was put into a much larger role as part of Harvard's defense after injuries plagued the Crimson in the early part of the season. Hayssen stepped up and helped the Crimson to a No. 2 ranking in scoring defense, while playing primarily on the second line.
Bellamy, a co-captain, split time in goal with freshman Emerance Maschmeyer throughout the season to help anchor Harvard's stingy defense. The Duluth, Minn., native went 11-1-1 during her senior campaign and posted five shutouts to help her achieve a 0.92 goals-against average. Bellamy, an All-Ivy League selection, moved up to No. 2 all-time on Harvard's career list with 19 career shutouts.
Armstrong, Gedman and Pucci will take over as captains, replacing Bellamy and Dempsey, and look to guide the Crimson to its second straight NCAA tournament bid. Armstrong, a rising senior, will return as Harvard's first-line center next season and Pucci and Gedman will each be coming back to the Crimson's defense after suffering season-ending injuries in 2012-13. Pucci will enjoy her last year in Cambridge in 2013-14 and Gedman will be a junior.