The Buffalo Beauts announced Saturday afternoon, the day before the NWHL’s free agency signing deadline, that University of New Hampshire graduate Kristina Lavoie had signed with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season.
Lavoie and Buffalo general manager and head coach Ric Seiling agreed to terms on a one-year, $13,000 contract.
After signing Lavoie, Buffalo has $109,500 left to its salary cap, according to the NWHL’s draft cap tracker. The team has five roster spots left and is coming in well under budget. No current Olympians or U.S. women’s national team players have signed with the NWHL as of yet.
Lavoie, a forward, played in 134 games for the University of New Hampshire from 2009-2013, where she scored 108 total points (57 goals, 51 assists). She is a gifted puck handler with soft hands and a deceptive shot.
At 5’9″ Lavoie will add some much-needed height to the Buffalo Beauts, which was the shortest team in the NWHL last season. She doesn’t make a habit of throwing her body around and depending on her size but can, when necessary.
The Ontario native attended free agent camp in Buffalo in late June, where Seiling and his assistant coach Craig Muni spotted her.
“Kristina is another prospect who comes to us from the Buffalo Free Agent Camp. Right away, Craig [Muni] and I noticed her ability to make good passes and find her teammates with them. We think she can be an integral piece to our goal production.”
“I’m excited to join the Beauts and the NWHL because I’ll have the opportunity to play the sport I love and compete at one of the highest levels against world class players,” said Lavoie.