Kelly Babstock wants to be part of a winning culture. That’s why she signed with the Buffalo Beauts.
She’s not the only one who feels that way.
Babstock, an NWHL all-star, is one of several high profile signings the Beauts made in the off season.
“I think the major part of why I came to Buffalo is that winning culture. Wanting to win,” said Babstock. “That’s what I want to do all the time, every time I step on the ice. Play my hardest and try to win those games.”
Babstock had spent the last three seasons with the Connecticut Whale and was thought by many to be the face of the franchise. Landing her speaks volumes about how highly the Beauts are thought of by players.
“It was one of the biggest things that the coaching staff and organization brought forth,” said goalie Shannon Szabados, who led Team Canada to two Olympic gold medals and the silver in 2018.
“We want skill on the ice, but first and foremost we want good people in the dressing room and in the community.”
The Beauts also signed Team USA Olympic gold medalist goalie Nicole Hensley and forward Dani Cameranesi. All-star blue liner Blake Bolden jumped ship from the Boston Pride to join the Beauts.
Fellow gold medal winner Emily Pfalzer is also back. As is Emily Janiga, who is back in the baby blue after playing in China last year. The duo helped the Beauts win the 2017 Isobel Cup.
The Beauts also return the core of last year’s squad that made its third consecutive trip to the Isobel Cup Finals.
Namely captain Corinne Buie, a two-time Isobel Cup winner, NWHL Rookie of the Year Hayley Scamurra, her linemate Maddie Elia and defenseman Jacquie Greco. Pfalzer, Janiga, Scamurra, Greco and Elia are all products of Nichols School.
“When you combine the hardest workers in the world with the most talented it’s pretty awesome,” said Beauts GM Nik Fattey.
The Beauts will play a black and blue scrimmage Saturday at HarborCenter from 1-2:30pm.
They will face the Whale in an exhibition game on Sunday.