In exciting local hockey news, it has been announced that Terry and Kim Pegula have acquired the Buffalo Beauts – a local women’s hockey team that is part of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). According to the Pegulas, this is simply another sign that they are dedicated to hockey in Buffalo, across an entire spectrum. Not only have the Sabres’ owners been making a strong commitment to regional youth hockey, they are also helping to ensure that women hockey players have the support that they need to excel in the sport.
“We want to contribute to the growth of women’s hockey,” Kim Pegula said. “HarborCenter has allowed us to make a positive impact on the game at the amateur, high school and collegiate levels, and we believe this is the perfect time to expand our reach to include women’s professional hockey through the NWHL. This sport provides outstanding opportunities, and we are committed to helping extend those opportunities to females of all ages.”
The Beauts roster has included several Olympians, such as Getzville native Emily Pfalzer, Team USA captain Meghan Duggan, standout defender Megan Bozek, and goaltender Brianne McLaughlin.
The Buffalo Beauts are not only one of the original teams in the NWHL (founded in 2015), they also managed to bring home the Isobel Cup, in 2017, when they beat Boston Pride in the playoffs – take that Boston!
“This extraordinary commitment from Kim and Terry Pegula – a complete acquisition of one of our Founding Four teams by NHL owners – is a landmark moment for the NWHL, our players and fans, and women’s hockey,” said NWHL Founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan. “We thank Kim and Terry for believing in the Beauts and in the mission of our league to fuel the continued growth of our sport around the world. Supporters of women’s hockey should take enormous pride in this significant step for our game.”
The Beauts are the second NWHL team to strike up an affiliation with a NHL franchise. The Metropolitan Riveters led the way this past summer when they aligned with the New Jersey Devils. The newfound relationship with the Pegulas is a big stepping stone for The Beauts, who have four more home games following the league’s holiday break: Jan. 6 vs. Boston Pride, Jan. 20 vs. Connecticut Whale, Jan. 27 vs. the Pride, and Feb. 3 vs. the Riveters. Fans can buy tickets at nwhl.zone/tickets.
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