Shelby Bram made headlines in July when her decision to pursue other opportunities meant a voiding of her contract with the Buffalo Beauts for a second season. Her speed, understanding of the game, and puck awareness made Bram deadly on offense and an easy choice to re-sign. When Bram decided to leave the NWHL, it was a big loss for Buffalo, who had narrowly missed out on taking the Isobel Cup home in 2016.
Bram, a graduate of Mercyhurst University, earned 108 points (31 goals, 77 assists) over 141 games during her collegiate career. Last season Bram posted 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 15 regular-season games and added two points to that tally (1 goal, 1 assist) over five playoff games. Bram also represented Buffalo in the NWHL’s first-ever All-Star Game.
Instead of joining her sister, Bailey Bram, on the CWHL’s Calgary Inferno, Bram chose to sign a contract with Swedish women’s team, Brynäs IF for 2016-2017, per a recent release on the team’s website.
The translated release on Brynäs IF’s site reads:
Brynäs women’s team further strengthens, and now it is clear to even a new recruit to the squad for the coming season. It is striker Shelby Bram who has been contracted for one year.
“It is very fun that Shelby Bram choose to come to Brynäs IF. She is an agile player with great offensive qualities that will definitely contribute a lot to our game,” says Madeleine Östling, the coach of Brynäs’s women’s teams. “She fits very well into the hockey we want to play. I am confident that she will stand out in this year SDHL, and it feels very good to have her on the train.”
Shelby Bram has not previously played in Sweden, and she will join the women’s team Brynäs on Sept. 20.
Recruitment of Shelby Bram was made possible by Brynäs IF’s new Women’s Plus bet where the association chooses to take a holistic approach to women’s team and among other things, look at measures to increase the interest of the audience, partners and future practitioners.