In March, when Emily Pfalzer’s post-Olympic gold medal tour brought her back home to WNY she said she didn’t know what the future held for her.
Deep down though, Pfalzer knew she would eventually return to the Buffalo Beauts.
That wish came true Thursday morning when the former captain resigned with her hometown team.
“I think once things settled down after the Olympics and I took a little bit of a break,” Pfalzer said during a conference call.
“I think I always knew I was gonna come home.”
Adding yet another Olympic gold medal winner makes an already loaded Beauts squad even better.
“Emily arrives with championship experience both with the Beauts and with the United States national team,” Beauts General Manager Nik Fattey said.
“Her presence will help solidify our already strong defense and having a local player of her caliber return to our club will be invaluable to the team both on and off the ice.”
Pfalzer, who served as captain during her first stint with the team, was an original member of the Beauts and was a key component in their run to the Isobel Cup championship in 2016-17.
Pfalzer is another in a string of powerhouse players the Beauts have signed in the off season. Including Canadian Olympic hero Shannon Szabados, WNYer Emily Janiga and former Boston Pride defenseman Blake Bolden, who just signed Wednesday.
Mixed with returning talent like Corinne Buie, Maddie Elia and Hayley Scumurra the Beauts looked poised to make a run at a fourth straight trip to the Isobel Cup Finals.
A line-up that has Pfalzer even more excited about being back in Beauts baby blue.
“I think that there’s no doubt that I was going to be coming back to Buffalo,” Pfalzer said. “But yeah seeing all the people that they picked up on the off season has been amazing. With Blake Bolden, Sarah Edney. My two Olympic teammates Dani Cameranesi and Nicole Hensley and Shannon Szabados just to name a few and the list goes on and on. So it’s gonna be an exciting season.”
The NWHL as a whole has seen sweeping upgrades since Pfalzer last suited up.
Namely the addition of the expansion Minnesota Whitecaps and the Pegula’s taking over as owners of the Beauts.
“I’m just excited to get back and play and see the growth of womens hockey,” Pfalzer said.
The Beauts home opener will take place at the HarborCenter on Oct.13 at 1:30pm.