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Olympic gold medalist Kacey Bellamy has been named a scout and player relations liaison for the Premier Hockey Federation, the league announced Wednesday.

Bellamy is a former U.S. women’s national team standout, helping the team win gold at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and earning eight gold medals in nine appearances at at the IIHF Women’s World Championship. She also won Olympic silver medals in 2010 and 2014.

Bellamy retired as a player in May 2021.

“Kacey Bellamy is a proven leader, unwavering teammate, a fierce competitor, and her exceptional work ethic, wealth of knowledge, and ‘golden’ experience as an Olympic and World champion will only serve to benefit the PHF,” PHF commissioner Reagan Carey said in a statement. “Over the course of her playing career she brought a steady sense of honor and respect to every Olympic and national team challenge both on and off the ice.

“I know she will carry that same integrity, poise, and passion into this new role to help drive the PHF mission of being the best home for professional women’s hockey.”

Bellamy had a storied professional career on top of her national team success as a player for both the PHF and the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. In her time with the PHF, then known as the NWHL, she played for the Boston Pride, winning the Isobel Cup in 2016 and twice being named an All-Star. She also played five years with the Boston Blades in the CWHL, winning two Clarkson Cup titles.

“Women’s hockey has gained a lot of momentum over the last few years, and I am excited and motivated to help grow it to its full potential with the PHF,” Bellamy said.

She is the latest appointment to the PHF front office, which in January announced a landmark investment in the league and in April announced Carey as the replacement for Tyler Tumminia. Following the appointment of Carey as commissioner, Mel Davidson was named director of league and hockey operations.

“Commissioner Reagan Carey has given me a remarkable opportunity to not only continue to grow the sport at the youth level with my commitments at Maples Crossing, but at the professional level as well with the PHF,” Bellamy said. “She brings in the right people who share the same vision and passion for success, and I’m honored to be teammates once again because I’ve seen firsthand how her leadership influences positive change and action.”