June 25, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Head coach Brian Riley and the men’s hockey program are pleased to announce that Zach McKelvie has been hired as an assistant coach.
“I feel privileged to have had the chance to be here as a Cadet and now back as a part of the Army hockey program,” McKelvie said. “I believe this is the best college in the country and the quality of people here is second to none so it’s truly an honor to be a part of it.”
McKelvie comes back to West Point after winning the East Coast Hockey League title with the Alaska Aces this spring. He played in 42 games for the Aces, including the playoffs and had four points in the run to the Kelly Cup.
He began his pro career with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League in 2011 and played a total of 29 games before skating in seven contests at the end of the season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. He spent most of his career with the AHLs Abbotsford Heat, which is part of the Calgary Flames system. He played 65 games with the Heat in over a season of action.
McKelvie was a two-time Atlantic Hockey Association First Team selection for the Black Knights on the blueline. He was the captain as a senior and an assistant captain as a junior. He finished his career with 56 points on 14 goals and 42 assists. McKelvie had back-to-back 17-point seasons in his final two years and was rewarded in 2008 as the league’s Defenseman of the Year. One of his biggest goals came against Sacred Heart in 2008 when he netted the gamewinner in a 3-2 win to secure the regular season title for Army.
He was honored to be a member of the AHA 10th Anniversary Team, which was announced in 2013. He joined Owen Meyer as the two former cadet-athletes to be on the list. In 2009, McKelvie was the recipient of the Henry “Hal” Beukema Award, which is given to the team’s most valuable player.
In addition to his on-ice awards, he was rewarded for his character. McKelvie earned the Mike Krzyzewski Teaching Character Through Sport Award in 2009. The award recognizes West Point athletes and coaches on their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. He continued his work off the ice while with the Heat and was named the team’s 2012-13 Community Man of the Year.
“I want to thank Mr. Coorigan and coach Riley for giving me this opportunity,” McKelvie said. “I look forward to working with coach Riley and continuing to be part of the program.”
McKelvie spent his first of his two years of service as a graduate assistant at West Point, before being stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., as an executive officer to train soldiers in basic training. He was granted his release in the fall of 2011 to pursue his career in hockey.