Monday morning the NWHL announced that Paige Harrington was the first player to re-sign with the Buffalo Beauts.
Harrington is the first player to sign a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Monday. Harrington and the Beauts agreed to terms on a one-year, $10,000 contract.
Harrington is more of a defender’s defender, preferring to stay at home while others venture closer to the offensive zone and take shots. Harrington notched three assists over the regular season in 2015-2016 and zero points in the playoffs.
“Paige is a player that we saw great growth in last year,” said Seiling. “She was assigned a shutdown role and did an excellent job for us. We look forward to her continued growth and expect her to be an intricate part of our blue line core.”
Harrington appeared in all 18 regular season and all five playoff games for the Beauts. The Mansfield, MA native contributed three assists during the regular season.
“I am thrilled to be back on the blue line with the Beauts and feel very honored to have the opportunity to play another season in the NWHL,” said Harrington. “ We had a good run last season and it was amazing to play in the NWHL finals. I hope next season we can bring home the Isobel Cup to Buffalo.”
The Buffalo Beauts finished their inaugural season in third place with a 5-9-4 record. In the first round of the Isobel Cup Playoffs, the Beauts upset the second seed Connecticut Whale in three games and went on to face the Boston Pride in the finals. The Beauts lost the series in two games.
Restricted free agency began Apr. 1 and lasts until Apr. 30. Free agency begins May 1 and lasts until July 31. The 2016 Draft is June 18.