The Buffalo Beauts begin their franchise by signing a goaltender.
Olympian Brianne McLaughlin became the first player to sign with the Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League.
McLaughlin graduated from Robert Morris in 2009 and set an NCAA record with 3,809 career saves. Playing for the United States, she won silver at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.
She has played in three IIHF Women's World Championships and was a member of the U.S. National Team as part of a three-goalie rotation during the 2014 Four Nations Cup.
"Being on the National Team we talk a lot about what we can do to grow the game. This is a huge step in the right direction for women’s hockey,” McLaughlin said in a press release. "I coach young girls now and to hear them at such a young age tell me that they want to make it to the NWHL is a pretty cool thing."
The NWHL will be the first women's hockey league to pay its players. Buffalo is one of four teams set to compete in the inaugural season beginning this fall.