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Neumann Return To The Beauts


Goaltender Kelsey Neumann, one of the most popular players in the brief history of the Buffalo Beauts, is returning to the team after a season away. Cherished by fans for her accessibility, passion for hockey, gracious nature, and unique social media presence, Neumann has signed a contract for the NWHL’s fifth season.

“I’m looking forward to working with GM Mandy Cronin, Coach Pete Perram, and my teammates in our quest to bring the Isobel Cup back to Buffalo,” said Neumann. “I am extremely excited for the opportunity to rejoin the Buffalo Beauts, be part of the NWHL again, and continue to promote the growth of women’s hockey.”

The China Grove, North Carolina native spent two seasons with the Beauts from 2016-2018, winning the Isobel Cup with the team in 2017. She began her collegiate career at Clarkson before transferring to SUNY Plattsburgh.

“Kelsey will bring character and a veteran presence to the team,” said Perram. “She’s a team player who is a stalwart in net.”

Cronin added: “We are happy to have Kelsey back with the Beauts. She plays an important role not only within our team and organization, but also in the Buffalo community.”

Besides playing for the Beauts, Neumann is teaching at a charter school in Buffalo. In addition, she has started a business called Tactical Hockey Training by Neumann, focusing on mentoring and coaching young athletes both in Western New York as well as other parts of the country.

She will also be joining the Buffalo State coaching staff as the goalie coach for the upcoming season and will continue volunteering as a Pro Ambassador with “Lift the Mask,” a program that promotes the awareness of mental health in the goalie community.

Hockey’s McFall Among 5 Added To Laker Hall of Fame For 2019


OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to announce the five-member 2019 Hall of Fame Class. On Saturday, Oct. 5, these former Laker student-athletes will be inducted into the hallowed hall at a banquet in historic Sheldon Hall during Homecoming Weekend: Gary Bartemus ’76, Erin Hanlon ’03, Mark Howard ’84, Tom McFall ’90 and Susan McWilliams ’04 M’07.

A two-year member of the swimming and diving team, Bartemus made his presence known on the diving boards. In 1975, the diver earned All-America honors on the 3-meter board. Bartemus has the distinct honor of being the first All-American diver in Oswego State history. That same year, Bartemus’ place on the 3-meter board helped the Lakers finish 25th at the NCAA Championships. Over his two years, Bartemus won both the 1- and 3-meter events at multiple meets, including matchups against Brockport, Geneseo and Binghamton.

Arguably the most prolific volleyball player in Oswego’s history, Hanlon collected several accolades while capturing several spots in the record books. She was the first – and remains the only – All-American for volleyball, nabbing honorable mention recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 2003. Hanlon was also named All-New York Region First Team in both 2002 and 2003. Following her junior season, Hanlon was honored as the SUNYAC West Division’s First Year Player of the Year. After more than 15 seasons have passed, Hanlon still ranks first in program history for career hitting percentage (.326), single-season kills (612) and single-season hitting percentage (.371). Her 1,168 kills is second all-time for Oswego, accumulating that total in just two seasons.

Continuing the Howard legacy at Oswego, wrestler Mark Howard joins his father, legendary wrestling head coach Jim Howard, in the Oswego Athletics Hall of Fame. After transferring to Oswego from North Carolina State (DI) to wrestle for his father, Howard qualified for the NCAA Championships in both of his seasons as a Laker. During his junior campaign, the 134-pounder claimed eighth place to earn All-America honors. Howard was also an All-New York State wrestler in 1983 and was a two-time All-Conference designee, taking fourth place in 1983 and fifth in 1984 at the SUNYAC Championships.

A 1990 graduate of Oswego, McFall is still the top-scoring defenseman in Laker men’s ice hockey program history. McFall registered 139 points over his career, coming on 21 goals and 118 assists. He has the most assists in a single-season for a defenseman with 38 during the 1986-87 campaign. Over his 123 games in a Laker uniform, McFall has the eighth most assists for any player in the program. McFall’s capability was honored three times by the SUNYAC coaches, taking home All-SUNYAC Second Team honors as a sophomore and junior before first team recognition as a senior.

In 2003, McWilliams became the third cross-country runner in Oswego history to earn All-America honors and was the first female to accomplish the feat. The All-America status was a cap to a brilliant career that featured NCAA Championship qualification in each of her four seasons. Not only did she qualify for the national meet in all four years, McWilliams finished in the top half of every meet, culminating in a 30th place finish as a senior in a field that featured more than 200 runners. As a senior, she finished fourth at the NCAA Atlantic Regional and won the Geneseo Invitational. In 2002, McWilliams had her best showing at the state championships, taking fifth. McWilliams was named to the SUNYAC Championship Hall of Fame following just her sophomore season, which indicates a runner finished in the top-five once, top-ten twice or top-15 three times during their career at the conference’s championship meet.

Congratulations to each of the inductees on their well-deserved place in the Oswego State Athletics Hall of Fame. For those interested in attending the banquet, registration is available at the following link: Oswego State Hall of Fame Banquet

Ruggiero Signs With Buffalo


Amherst Native Emma Ruggiero Signs with Beauts

Buffalo State’s captain and leading scorer and Amherst, N.Y. native Emma Ruggiero has signed with her hometown Buffalo Beauts for the 2019- 20 season.

“I wasn’t going to let an opportunity like this pass,” said Ruggiero, who opened the eyes of the Beauts’ hockey operations staff at a free agent camp. “I’m really excited to share this journey with other players that share the same passion.”

Last season, Ruggiero led the NCAA Division III Bengals with 24 points (14-10-24) and was named a Second-Team

All-NEWHL selection. She finished her collegiate career with 52 points in 100 games. Ruggiero has spent her entire life in the Buffalo hockey scene, playing with the Buffalo Regals before college.

“Emma is a feisty player who will lead by example, as she did at the college level,” said Beauts general manager Mandy Cronin.

In addition to playing for the Beauts, Ruggiero will also be helping to coach the Kenmore High School girls’ hockey team.

“I was worried that after graduating and being in the hockey world all my life, that was it,” she said. “But now I’m coaching and playing, and I really couldn’t be happier.”

Enforcers Make Selection



by Jon Kliment

The Elmira Enforcers completed the FPHL camp and with their first round, second overall pick they picked Sherman Lovett.

Lovett played collegiate hockey for Dakota College at Bottineau, Illinois State, and University of Jamestown. Over his four years Sherman tallied eleven points during his college career, but was known as a solid stay at home defenseman.

Coach Brent Clarke ran the camp and had no doubt about his pick. “Lovett has good patience and makes good plays. He definitely fits the bill for us here in Elmira. After a run to the championship last year we recognized what we need to improve on and having a larger defensive corps is imperative to winning titles. Sherman helps add to that.” Coach Clarke said.

“Coaches were very good at communicating at the camp. Clarke seems to be a serious guy and he definitely pays attention to detail.” Sherman told media about his time at camp. “I stay between the dots and get the puck up quick. The forwards do the scoring and I want to make sure nothing gets by us.”

The Enforcers will be heading back to First Arena this year as they attempt to claim the Commissioner’s Cup in their second season. Season Tickets are on sale now by calling 607-734-PUCK and guarantee yourself a spot today! Home opening weekend is set for Friday October 25thand Saturday October 26thas the defending champion Carolina Thunderbirds come to town!

Beauts Add MacPherson


The Buffalo Beauts added a strong two-way forward to their roster with the signing of Cassidy MacPherson, who earlier this year completed her collegiate career at Providence.

“Ever since it started, it has been a dream of mine to play in the NWHL, and I’m looking forward to a great season ahead in Buffalo,” said MacPherson, a native of Oakville, Ontario.

The 5-6 forward played 146 games for Providence between 2015-2019 and had 25 goals and 53 assists for 78 points. In her senior year, she had a .551 winning percentage on faceoffs and was the recipient of the Friars’ Unsung Hero Award.

“Cassidy has great poise with the puck and a goal-scorer’s touch,” said Buffalo GM Mandy Cronin. Head coach Pete Perram said MacPherson “is a smooth and speedy skater with exceptional hands.”

OJHL Showcase Returns To Buffalo



NHL, NCAA, U Sports, CHL scouts headed to Harborcenter for 5th straight year

Mississauga, ON – The Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Governors’ Showcase returns to Buffalo’s Harborcenter for the fifth straight year next month, showcasing the league’s players to the hockey world.

All 22 OJHL teams will play two games during the course of the event Monday, Sept. 23 through Wednesday, Sept. 25. The games count in the OJHL regular season standings.

Harborcenter is the twin-rink practice facility of the Buffalo Sabres. It is attached to the NHL team’s arena, KeyBank Center, on downtown Buffalo’s waterfront.

The Ontario Junior Hockey League is the largest Junior ‘A’ league operating under the auspices of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, with 22 member clubs. The OJHL had more than 120 commitments in 2018-19, including 65 NCAA Division I scholarships.

“This is the fifth year that the OJHL Governors have hosted our annual showcase in Buffalo, NY, the home of our Buffalo Junior Sabres,” said OJHL Chairman and Cobourg Cougar Governor Marc Mercier.  “The OJHL Governors’ Showcase consistently attracts over 200 scouts annually for this three-day event that displays all players from our 22 member clubs at the beautiful Harborcenter, the goal of which is to provide a platform for our players to be showcase their skills to as many recruiters as possible to start the season in one convenient location.”

“The Buffalo Junior Sabres and the Harborcenter are tremendous partners that allow for the OJHL to host one of the top junior hockey showcases in North America,” said OJHL Commissioner Marty Savoy.  “We are once again looking forward to hosting a first-class event for all players, staff, fans, scouts and junior hockey supporters.”

Last year’s event in Buffalo attracted more than 200 scouts from various levels of the game, including the NHL, NCAA, CHL and U Sports.

All-day general admission passes will be available to fans for $20 US for each day of the showcase. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free. Showcase games take place on both KeyBank Rink 1 and New Wave Energy Rink 2.

2019 Ontario Junior Hockey League Governors’ Showcase at Harborcenter

Monday, September 23

10:30 a.m. – Cobourg vs Markham

12:30 p.m. – Milton vs Whitby 

1:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s vs Burlington

4:30 p.m. – Aurora vs Toronto Patriots 

5:30 p.m. – Trenton vs Buffalo

7:30 p.m. – Stouffville vs Lindsay

8:30 p.m. – Pickering vs Brampton 

Tuesday, September 24

10:30 a.m. – Markham vs Mississauga 

11:30 a.m. – Collingwood vs Toronto Jr. Canadiens

1:30 p.m. – Brantford vs Cobourg

2:30 p.m. – Lindsay vs Oakville 

4:30 p.m. – Georgetown vs St. Michael’s

5:30 p.m. – North York vs Stouffville 

7:30 p.m. – Pickering vs Trenton 

8:30 p.m. – Aurora vs Wellington 

Wednesday, September 25

9:30 a.m. – Buffalo vs Brampton 

12 p.m. – Mississauga vs Brantford 

12:30 p.m. – Collingwood vs Whitby

3 p.m. – Oakville vs North York 

3:30 p.m. – Milton vs Toronto Jr. Canadiens  

6 p.m. – Georgetown vs Toronto Patriots 

6:30 p.m. – Burlington vs Wellington 

Ullmark Agrees To 1-Year Deal With Sabres


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres announced the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Linus Ullmark on a one-year contract with an average annual value of $1.325 million.

Ullmark (6’4”, 213 lbs., 7/31/1993) recorded a 15-14-5 record and his first two NHL shutouts in 37 appearances during his first full NHL season in 2018-19. In parts of four seasons with the Sabres, Ullmark has appeared in 63 games, posting a 24-27-7 record with a .910 save percentage and a 2.87 goals-against average.

The Lugnvik, Sweden native made his professional debut as an 18-year-old in 2011-12 with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League and was selected by the Sabres in the sixth round (163rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. Before becoming an NHL regular, he was twice selected to appear in the AHL All-Star Classic as a member of the Rochester Americans (2016 and 2017). In the SHL, he was awarded the Honken Trophy as the league’s top goaltender in 2013-14 after leading all netminders with a .931 save percentage in his first full professional season.

(NHL.com photo)

Defenseman Signs With Sabres



BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 3, 2019) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jake McCabe on a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.85 million.

McCabe (6’1”, 206 lbs., 10/12/1993) recorded 14 points (4+10) in 59 games during the 2018-19 season. Since being selected by Buffalo in the second round (44th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin native has appeared in 274 games for the Sabres, totaling 61 points (14+47) and 153 penalty minutes.

Prior to beginning his professional career, McCabe spent three seasons at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned All-Big Ten honors and was named a CCM Hockey First-Team West All-American in 2013-14. Internationally, the defenseman captained Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship and has also won gold medals at the 2010 IIHF U17 World Championship and the 2011 U18 World Championship.

Beauts Sign Bowering


University of Toronto Captain
Becki Bowering Signs with the Buffalo Beauts

After playing 112 games over five seasons with the University of Toronto, Becki Bowering is joining the professional ranks. The 23-year-old Ontario native signed an NWHL contract today to play the 2019-20 season for the Buffalo Beauts. Bowering was the captain of the Varsity Blues last season.

“Becki is coming from a very solid college program that has seen great success,” said Buffalo general manager Mandy Cronin. “She is a proven leader who will be a big asset to our Beauts lineup.” Added head coach Pete Perram, “Becki brings passion, skill and leadership – everything we want for our team.”

Prior to Toronto, Bowering played for the Burlington Barracudas and the Durham West Jr. Lightning.

“I’m extremely excited to sign with the Buffalo Beauts,” said Bowering. “I am getting an opportunity to play women’s hockey at the professional level and be surrounded by amazing players, coaches and staff in the NWHL. Playing in the NWHL is a dream come true. The Beauts’ staff has welcomed me with open arms, and I can’t wait to get this season started.”

Asked what Beauts fans can expect from her game, Bowering said, “I
believe I bring a lot of leadership, speed, forechecking and
playmaking. I take pride in my defensive abilities and in winning
crucial battles in the defensive zone. I had five great years with the
Varsity Blues and I hope to bring my own style of play and work ethic.
I feel I can adapt to the pro hockey culture and fit right into the Buffalo Beauts’ systems. I expect our team to be extremely competitive, and my goal is to help us contend for the Isobel Cup.”

“Grow The Game” Event Coming To Rochester




Street hockey format event open to kids ages 4 to 14 and all skill levels

(Rochester, NY) – The Rochester Americans have partnered with Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex to host “Grow the Game”, a Try Hockey for Free event designed to introduce children ages 4 to 14 to the game of ice hockey. This event is unique in that it will take place at Lattimore Arena inside Bill Gray’s Iceplex on a rink with no ice, allowing participants to learn in a street hockey format. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 17 and will offer two separate sessions from 10:30 a.m. to noon and again from noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants will be divided up into aged-based groups and will learn the game of hockey by rotating through a series of stations that will emphasize stick handling, shooting, passing, real-game concepts and overall skill development in a fun and relaxed environment. Personalized instruction will be provided by a mix of high-level coaches and players from the Rochester area, including members of the Rochester Americans organization. Previous hockey experience is not required.

The event is completely free and open to kids of all skill levels. Each participant will also receive a complimentary ticket to the Amerks’ 2019-20 Home Opener on Friday, October 4. Registration is now open by visiting https://www.billgraysiceplex.com/growthegame.html or www.amerks.com.

Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is located at 2700 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road.

Rochester begins its 64th American Hockey League season at home on Friday, Oct. 4 against the Syracuse Crunch at The Blue Cross Arena. Amerks 2019-20 Season Ticket Memberships, which start as low as just $14 per game, are on-sale now. Full-season ticket member benefits include, but are not limited to, Riverside Club VIP Room access with Amerks Alumni, family meet and greet and annual Skate with the Players event, an exclusive preseason Ice Breaker Party and much more. For more information, visit www.amerks.com or call 1-855-GO-AMERKS.

Ben May Memorial Classic


Here is the information on the 1st Annual Ben May Golf Classic.

9 Members of RIT Men’s Hockey Honored


ROCHESTER, NY — Nine members of the RIT men’s hockey team were named 2018-19 American Hockey Coaches Association (ACHA) “Krampade All-American Scholars.” Nearly 500 Division I men’s and womens’ hockey players were honored for maintaining at least a 3.6 grade-point average in each semester during the 2018-19 academic year.

Juniors Adam Brubacher (Elmira, Ontario/Powell River Kings), Shawn Cameron (Sherbrooke, Quebec/Cumberland Grads), Ryan Kruper (Sherwood Park, Alberta/Sherwood Park Crusaders) and Brody Valette (Calgary, Alberta/Whitecourt Wolverines), along with sophomores Nick Bruce (Fall River, Nova Scotia/Johnstown Tomahawks), Alden Dupuis (Edmonton, Alberta/Bonnyville Pontiacs), Jake Hamacher (Corona, CA/Dubuque Fighting Saints) and freshmen Spencer Berry (White Rock, British Columbia/Langley Rivermen) and Jake Joffe (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto Jr. Canadiens) earned this prestigious honor for RIT. Brubacher is a three-time selection, while Cameron, Dupuis and Hamacher were honored for the second straight year.

“We are extremely proud of this group of student-athletes who have competed at the highest levels of the game on the ice and matched that performance in the classroom,” said AHCA executive director Joe Bertagna. “The sport demands a great deal from these athletes so it is a great statement they make, individually and collectively, with their ability to attain this level of academic achievement.”

Last month, a program-record 23 Tigers earned Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team honors for maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA in each semester during 2018-19.

RIT finished with 17 wins and advanced to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals in 2018-19. The Tigers kick off the 2019-20 season on Oct. 5 at Colgate. RIT hosts Merrimack University at Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester on Oct. 19 as part of Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend. Visit www.rittickets.com to purchase season tickets for the upcoming season.

5 RIT Women’s Hockey Players Honored


ROCHESTER, NY — Five members of the RIT women’s hockey team were named 2018-19 American Hockey Coaches Association (ACHA) “Krampade All-American Scholars.” Nearly 500 Division I men’s and womens’ hockey players were honored for maintaining at least a 3.6 grade-point average in each semester during the 2018-19 academic year.

Seniors Jenna de Jonge (Abbotsford, British Columbia/George Elliot) and Kathryn Kennedy (Hamilton, Ontario/), junior Taylor Baker (Toronto, Ontario/North Toronto Collegiate Institute) and sophomores Stella Haberman (Golden Valley, MN/Minnesota Whitecaps) and Ellie Larson (Hutchinson, MN/Hutchinson Tigers) earned this tremendous honor for RIT. de Jonge is a three-time selection, while Baker and Larson were both honored for the second time.

“We are extremely proud of this group of student-athletes who have competed at the highest levels of the game on the ice and matched that performance in the classroom,” said AHCA executive director Joe Bertagna. “The sport demands a great deal from these athletes so it is a great statement they make, individually and collectively, with their ability to attain this level of academic achievement.”

Last month, 17 Tigers earned Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team honors for maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA in each semester during 2018-19.

RIT finished with 12 wins and advanced to the College Hockey America Tournament in 2018-19. The Tigers kick off the 2019-20 season on Sept. 22 with an exhibition contest vs. Concordia University (Quebec) and open with four straight regular season contests, two against University of Vermont on Oct. 4-5 and a pair with St. Cloud State University on Oct. 11-12. Visit www.rittickets.com to purchase season tickets for the upcoming season.

Beauts Sign Delay


Megan Delay, 2018 Clarkson Cup Champion with Markham, Signs with the Buffalo Beauts

August 1, 2019 – Defender Megan Delay this morning signed an NWHL contract to play the upcoming season with the Buffalo Beauts. The native of Niagara Falls, Ontario was a member of the 2018 Clarkson Cup champion Markham Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

“I’m looking forward to a great season as a Beaut,” said Delay, who turned 22 in April. “Playing in the NWHL and for Buffalo is an incredible situation for me – living across the pond at home and playing with and against great players. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Before playing 21 games as a rookie with Markham in their CWHL title season in 2017-18, Delay was a standout on the 2016 NCAA national championship team at SUNY-Plattsburgh. Previously, she played at Brock University and for the Burlington Barracudas.

“Megan has demonstrated a steady development in her career, and I’m confident her time to shine is now with the Beauts,” said Buffalo head coach Pete Perram.

Buffalo GM Mandy Cronin offered Delay an NWHL contract after the defender impressed team staff at the Beauts’ Free Agent Camp last weekend.

“Megan’s experience and accomplishments at the pro level speak volumes to what she will bring to the Beauts this season,” said Cronin. “Couple that with her character and infectious spirit, and she will be an immediate fan favorite.”