If you’re thinking the
Beauts can’t match Jack
Eichel for excitement,
meet equally skilled
players Hayley Scamurra
and Kelly Babstock.
There’s another team in
town, and they deserve
MEET THE BUFFALO BEAUTS
BY PETER MARTIN
THE NEXT TIME YOU FIND YOURSELF WALKING DOWN WASHINGTON STREET WITH A
hankering to see some hockey, consider a different choice than the over-priced, underwhelming team that
currently occupies the KeyBank Center. Maybe turn before you reach the foot of the street and check out
the action happening at the HarborCenter.
Inside the friendly and beautiful wood-accented rink, Buffalo’s second hockey
team, the Beauts, plies its trade in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
from October to March. Need a reason to check out the Beauts? Consider their
The NWHL has existed for three seasons and awards the Isobel Cup to its
champion each year. The Beauts is the only team to have played in all three
championships: they lost a close-fought series in 2015, downed Boston in 2016 for
the title, then lost to the Metropolitan Riveters last season.
Meanwhile, over that same stretch, the Sabres won an average of just thirty-one
games per season, finished last in their division twice, and have been consistently
out of contention and uninteresting by Thanksgiving.
In fact, the Sabres spent the past twelve months jettisoning many of their top players. Evander Kane,
Ryan O’Reilly, and Robin Lehner never did win in Buffalo, but they accounted for forty-four goals, 101
points, and fifty-three games started in net. They leave a big void on the team that Jason Botterill has yet
to really fill with equivalent star power.