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As a player, Keely Dunn is an alumnus of the Henry Wise Wood high school field hockey program, winning the Most Improved Player award in 1989. She also played 13 seasons representing Alberta from the U16 to Senior age levels. Keely played for the University of Calgary Dinos between 1991-1996 and spent several seasons coaching at Henry Wise Wood and Western Canada as well as volunteering time with junior programs in the city. She’s played for Phoenix FHC for over 30 years and on various teams in Calgary’s men’s league, most recently with the Calgary Cougars FHC.
In 2000, Keely retired from elite-level hockey as a player to pick up the whistle and quickly made a name for herself as one of Canada’s top umpires, being appointed to the Senior National Championships in her very first season. Shortly thereafter came an opportunity to go abroad which allowed her to earn her FIH badge in 2003. She was promoted to the Promising List in 2006 and achieved her Grade 1 rating in 2010.
Highlights of her appointments include twice going to the Junior World Cup and umpiring Olympic Qualifiers in Belgium and Harare, Zimbabwe and a World Cup Qualifier in Kazan, Russia. She also made history by being the first umpire to control a Shoot-Out Competition at an FIH Tournament at the Champions Challenge II in Vienna in April 2011. She earned her Indoor FIH badge in 2014.
She also spent six seasons umpiring in England’s prestigious National League, working her way up to the Women’s Premier Panel and the Men’s B Panel as well as umpiring over 80 of British University league matches and the women’s BUCS final twice.
Keely retired from the FIH lists in 2017 after accumulating 107 outdoor and 7 indoor caps over 28 tournaments. Back home, she contributes to the umpiring community in Canada through clinics, umpire coaching and mentorship. She’s been a domestic umpire manager for 14 years and begins her training to become an FIH umpire manager in the summer of 2018. She plays division 2 hockey, coaches the division 1 Phoenix FHC team, and occasionally emigrates stateside and guest-coaches for the California club Oh Yeah!. She frequently writes on umpiring, hockey and other issues.