BUFFALO, N.Y. — On July 26, the Buffalo Beauts announced the signing of forward Corinne Buie. Buie played the 2015-16 season for the league champion Boston Pride, scoring seven points (three goals, four assists) mainly serving on the team’s third line.
Buie will likely find herself in an expanded role with Buffalo. Reports indicate that the team will be losing power forward Meghan Duggan, and Buie brings size to an otherwise diminutive team. Generally recognized as a defensive forward, the wing may land on the Beaut’s top line with Kelley Steadman and Shelby Bram.
Along with increased ice time, Buie can also expect to see inflated offensive numbers. Steadman is an incredibly skilled scorer, and Bram is a talented playmaker in her own right. If Buie is grouped on the top line, she will also likely play with the team’s first power play unit.
Though the Beauts’ special teams struggled last season, Buie will add a physical presence to the penalty kill that was often missing last year.
As he fills out the Beauts roster with the remaining free agents, general manager and co-coach Ric Seiling is looking for that physical intensity, as well as additional skills he sees in Buie.
“She skates and sees the ice well,” Seiling said. “I think she will fit in nicely and compliment our team.”
Seiling’s coaching partner Craig Muni agrees. “We will be looking for her leadership, size, presence around the net and skating.” he stated, adding, “She has some excellent experience from last year’s Boston team and [their] run in the playoffs.
“You can never have enough people teaching a winning culture on and off of the ice…Corinne will thrive with the Beauts.”
Seiling has focused on growing the ‘winning culture’ on the Beauts bench since the beginning of free agency, and Buie is another move in that direction. “Coming from a winning team is always a plus,” Seiling finished.
Buie herself is excited to be coming to Buffalo, and intends to relocate to the Queen City.
When asked about coming to the Beauts, she responded, “It feels great and I’m excited for what the year ahead holds. I’m looking forward to skating with the entire team. It will be especially fun to play alongside some of my college rivals.”
As Seiling stated, Buie’s skating is one of her most sought-after attributes, and the former Boston Blade reiterated that when she described her strengths. “I’m a good skater, have a hard shot, and I’m a hard worker.”
Of course, her intensity is also something the Beauts have been seeking. “Naturally, I’m competitive,” Buie said. “I like to win.”
To improve her stock, Buie has been working hard in the offseason, and focusing on parts of her game that will help her make the jump to the top line.
“I’ve been working out and skating to prepare for next season. I’ve been stick-handling to get softer hands.” Even in her interviews, her intensity shows through. “I’m always trying to improve my game.”
Despite her drive, the young American* did manage to take some time away from the ice. “I’ve also traveled to my family home and cabin in Minnesota, which is always great. It was really fun to have the Isobel Cup for a few days to share with family and my community.”
As the season approaches, Buie seems anxious to take the ice in Buffalo. “I was impressed by the Beauts fan base last year…they bring a lot of energy to the HarborCenter. I’m excited to get to know them!”
Beauts fans should be excited to get to know Buie, as well. The skilled and sizeable forward will have a big impact on the team as they strive to return to the Isobel Cup Final and bring the coveted prize home to Buffalo.
*Reported in error as Canadian