Feb. 7, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's ice hockey Assistant Coach Bob Bellemore has been recognized by the American Hockey Coaches Association with the 2012 Women's Ice Hockey Assistant Coach Award. The honor lauds the career body of work of an assistant in women's hockey.
It is the latest in a long line of career accomplishments for Bellemore, who has spent the last 19 years as an assistant with the Friars. During that time, he has helped guide Providence to seven conference championships and aided in the development of nine Olympians. He has also been a regular mentor for USA Hockey's elite training camps in Lake Placid, N.Y and is widely regarded as one of the top goaltending coaches in the country.
Coach Bellemore has announced he is retiring after this season.
Prior to his current position, Bellemore served as the goaltending coach for the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils.
As a student-athlete, Bellemore became one of the most decorated goaltenders to play for Providence College. During his sophomore season in 1964, he led PC to its first ECAC championship and a berth in the NCAA Final Four. He was inducted into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 and, this year, he will be inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.
After graduating, he stayed with the Friar men's program, serving as an assistant for Head Coach Lou Lamoriello. He also spent several years as the Director of Schneider Arena. Away from the ice, Bellemore has served as a teacher and guidance counselor with the Smithfield and South Kingstown public school systems.
This is the second year in a row the award has been given to a former Friar. Last season, the award's first, it was given to Amy Carlson Bourbeau '94 for her work as an assistant at Princeton.
- Go Friars -
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