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Goalie Kelsey Neumann will return to Beauts

Veteran goaltender Kelsey Neumann signed a contract to return to the Buffalo Beauts, the National Women's Hockey League announced Thursday.

Neumann spent two seasons in Buffalo as the third goalie.

Neumann, a fan favorite thanks to her role as an ambassador for the “Lift the Mask” mental health initiative, won the Isobel Cup championship with the Beauts in 2017. She did not play in the NWHL last season.

“I’m looking forward to working with GM Mandy Cronin, Coach Pete Perram, and my teammates in our quest to bring the Isobel Cup back to Buffalo,” Neumann said in a statement.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to rejoin the Buffalo Beauts, be part of the NWHL again, and continue to promote the growth of women’s hockey.”

In 2017, Neumann was awarded the NWHL Foundation Award for her work with “Lift the Mask.” Now, she’ll bring veteran leadership to the Beauts’ roster.

The China Grove, N.C., native will also serve as goalie coach at Buffalo State next season.

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