March 15, 2017 - National Women's Hockey League (NWHL)
BROOKLYN, NY, March 14, 2017 - Harrison Browne of the Buffalo Beauts recently informed the league office that this will be his final season in the National Women's Hockey League.
Browne, who is pursuing a career in sports business, will serve on the NWHL's Board of Advisors for season 3, lending his insight and experience on matters of inclusion.
"Harrison is leaving quite a legacy from his two years in our league," said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan. "He is a pioneer for transgender rights and has been a great hockey player at every level of the game. He is going to be missed, but it's gratifying to know that Brownie is remaining a part of the NWHL family."
Browne and the Beauts have an Isobel Cup semifinal game on Friday against the New York Riveters at Barnabas Health Hockey House. The winner of that game advances to the Isobel Cup Final on Sunday at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
Browne has released the following statement:
"After much thought and consideration, I have made an incredibly difficult decision that this will be my final year of playing professional women's hockey. I have had a meaningful and impactful career playing the sport I cherish for the past 15 years, but it is time for me to move on and begin my career off the ice.
"First off, I want to recognize the NWHL and Dani Rylan for providing me with the opportunity to live out my dream of being a professional athlete. I'm looking forward to continuing my association with the league as an advisor. I am eternally grateful for the friendships that I have been so fortunate to form, memories created within the Buffalo community, and level of talent that I have been exposed to throughout the duration of my playing career.
"I am extremely proud and honored to be ending my career as a member of the Buffalo Beauts family. I feel indebted to my coaches (Ric Seiling, Craig Muni and Shelley Looney) and the skill set and level of expertise that they reinforced within me as player, my teammates who have unconditionally accepted me and become some of my lifelong friends, and the world-class staff behind the scenes who made every game and practice run with ease and efficiency.
"I also want to thank my parents and the sacrifices that they made throughout my childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Without their investment and support, I would not have had privilege of making hockey a main priority during my upbringing. Another pivotal person who has been there for me since day one is my girlfriend Carly. Thank you for always being in the stands and supporting me so perfectly.
"And last, but certainly not least, I want to acknowledge the unbelievable fans who have cheered me on, provided me with unwavering love and dedication, and allowed me to skate as my authentic self. You have made this journey memorable beyond measure.
"Cheers, Buffalo! You will be sorely missed."
Katrina Doell, NWHL