|2018-19 NWHL season|
|City||Buffalo, New York|
|League||National Women's Hockey League|
|Colors||Blue, black, silver, white|
|Owner(s)||Pegula Sports and Entertainment|
|General manager||Nik Fattey|
|Head coach||Ric Seiling and Craig Muni|
|Media||716 Sports Podcast / WBNY|
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The Buffalo Beauts are a professional women's ice hockey team based in the city of Buffalo, New York. The team was established in 2015 as one of the four founding franchises of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). They play at HarborCenter which is across the street from and connected to KeyBank Center, the home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres. The Beauts are owned by Terry and Kim Pegula, who purchased the club in 2017.
The team has advanced to the Isobel Cup Finals in the NWHL's first three seasons, winning in 2016-17.
The Beauts held their first-ever summer free agent camp on May 23 and May 24, 2015. In July 2015, the Beauts signed free agent and 2-time Team USA Olympic goaltender Brianne McLaughlin, making her the first player in franchise history to sign a contract with the franchise.
The team made its debut at home on October 11, 2015 in a 4-1 loss versus the Boston Pride. During a 5-3 home loss against the Boston Pride on October 25, 2015, Brianne McLaughlin allowed three goals by Brianna Decker, resulting in the first hat trick in NWHL history.
The Beauts would finish the regular season third out of four teams, beating out the New York Riveters. In the semi-finals of the inaugural Isobel Cup championships, the Beauts faced off against the Connecticut Whale. The Connecticut had a perfect record against the Beauts in the regular season. The Beauts would go on to upset the Whale by winning the last two games, going on to face the Boston Pride in the finals. There, they would drop two games in succession and finish second in the playoffs.
On October 7, 2016, Beauts forward Harrison Browne came out as a transgender man and thus became the first openly transgender athlete in professional American team sports. That same year the Beauts won the 2016-17 Isobel Cup Championship in an upset win over the defending champion Boston Pride. This was Buffalo's first professional hockey championship since the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League won the 1969-70 Calder Cup.
On December 21, 2017, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and HarborCenter, announced it had purchased the Beauts. This made the Beauts the first team in the NWHL not owned by the league and the first professional women's hockey team in North America to be owned by the same organization of its market's NHL team.
On June 27, 2018, the Beauts signed Team Canada goaltender Shannon Szabados. Szabados had previously only played professional hockey on men's leagues such as the Southern Professional Hockey League and is the first woman to record a shutout in men's league.
|2015-16||18||5||9||0||4||0||14||57||69||Lost Isobel Cup Championship to Boston Pride|
|2016-17||17||6||10||1||4||0||11||60||77||Won Isobel Cup Championship over Boston Pride|
|2017-18||16||12||4||--||0||--||24||51||41||Lost Isobel Cup Championship to Metropolitan Riveters|
Updated August 20, 2018
|95||Taylor Accursi||F||23||Ancaster, Ontario|
|8||Kelly Babstock||F||L||26||2015||Mississauga, Ontario|
|20||Blake Bolden||D||27||Euclid, Ohio|
|23||Corinne Buie||F||26||Edina, Minnesota|
|17||Jordyn Burns||D||26||Chanhassen, Minnesota|
|24||Dani Cameranesi||F||23||Plymouth, Minnesota|
|10||Sarah Casorso||D||29||Kelowna, British Columbia|
|11||Lisa Chesson||D||32||Plainfield, Illinois|
|34||Julia DiTondo||G||24||Kenmore, New York|
|16||Maddie Elia||F||23||Lewiston, New York|
|25||Jacquie Greco||D||27||Buffalo, New York|
|29||Nicole Hensley||G||24||Littleton, Colorado|
|12||Savannah Harmon||D||23||Downers Grove, Illinois|
|18||Juliana Iafallo||F||22||Eden, New York|
|4||Emily Janiga||F||24||East Aurora, New York|
|27||Jordan Juron||F||24||Latham, New York|
|7||Emily Pfalzer||D||R||25||Buffalo, New York|
|14||Hayley Scamurra||F||23||Williamsville, New York|
|40||Shannon Szabados||G||L||32||2018||Edmonton, Alberta|
|13||Annika Zalewski||F||22||New Hartford, New York|
Courtney Burke from the Wisconsin Badgers women's ice hockey program became the first player in franchise history to be selected in the inaugural 2015 NWHL Draft. Raised in the state capital of Albany, New York, Burke was also the first defensewoman selected in NWHL Draft history.
The following are the Beauts' selections from the 2015 NWHL Draft of college players in their junior year held on June 20, 2015. Note: The team has not announced any contract signings from this list to date. A player who is drafted but does not sign with the organization that selected her, may enter free-agency after completing her senior year.
|4||Courtney Burke||Defense||United States||Univ of Wisconsin|
|8||Sarah Lefort||Forward||Canada||Boston University|
|12||Amanda Leveille||Goalie||Canada||Univ of Minnesota|
|16||Emily Janiga||Forward||United States||Mercyhurst|
|First goal||Kelley Steadman||October 11, 2015|
|First win||Brianne McLaughlin||November 29, 2015|
|First Isobel Cup goal||Shelby Bram||March 11, 2016|
|First Championship MVP||Brianne McLaughlin||March 19, 2017|
|First Shutout||Amanda Leveille||January 27, 2018|
In local Media the Buffalo Beauts are covered by The Buffalo News and home games are broadcast live by 716 Sports Podcast and simulcast on radio by WBNY, the noncommercial student radio station of Buffalo State College. With the Pegulas' purchase of the team, the company's broadcast partners, radio giant Entercom and television service MSG Western New York, would have default rights to future Beauts contests.