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Beauts sign defender Blake Bolden

The Buffalo Beauts added another defender to their roster for the upcoming season, welcoming Blake Bolden to the fold.

The 27-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio, is returning to the United States after playing last season with HC Lugano in Switzerland.

Bolden has set many firsts during her hockey career, including being the first African-American selected in the first round of the Canadian Women's Hockey League draft and being the first African-American to play in the National Women's Hockey League.

Bolden played four seasons at Boston College, captaining the Eagles her senior year. She spent the next four hockey seasons in Boston between two leagues. Bolden played two seasons with the Boston Blades in the CWHL where she was an All-Star in 2014 and won a Clarkson Cup in March 2015.

In October of 2015 she signed with the Boston Pride of the NWHL, winning the inaugural Isobel Cup in 2016.

In May of 2017, after it was clear she would not get an opportunity to play with the U.S. national team, she signed with the Swedish team. Last year she had 16 goals and 11 assists in 27 games with HC Lugano.

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