Army West Point to have twins on bench after Chris McKelvie named new assistant coach

Army West Point has announced the hiring of new assistant coach Chris McKelvie.

McKelvie is the identical twin brother of current assistant coach Zach McKelvie, who has been on Riley’s staff for two seasons and is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.

The brother combination joins the Granatos (Wisconsin) and Kyles (Northern Michigan) as siblings on coaching staffs in D-I hockey.

“We are extremely excited to add Chris McKelvie to our coaching staff at West Point,” Army West Point coach Brian Riley said in a statement. “McKelvie’s experience as a Frozen Four participant while playing for Bemidji State, as well as playing in the American Hockey League for the past seven years, enables him to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to not only our players but our staff as well.”

McKelvie comes to West Point after seven seasons in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack and Albany Devils, where he was an alternate captain for the last three seasons.

Prior to his professional career, McKelvie skated in 120 games at Bemidji State, leading the Beavers to their run to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four as a team captain. He scored 18 goals and added 15 assists in those 120 games.

Another brother, Ryan McKelvie, skated for Minnesota State from 2002 to 2006.

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