Beauts Add to Winning Pedigree

Above: Devon Skeats (left) and Erin Zach (right) sign their player contracts.  Photo from

Buffalo Beauts GM Linda Mroz is on a roll! In just over a week, the Beauts have signed three players – last week’s signing of goaltender Brianne McLaughlin and announced today, former RIT Tiger, Erin Zach, and Canadian standout Devon Skeats.

Both women had participated in the camp held here in May at the Harbor Center, and furthered Mroz’s interest at the Toronto Development Camp held by the NWHL. Toronto was just one stop on a four day tour of Eastern Canada. The purpose of these camps is to introduce GMs to the talented players available in the region, and Mroz took full advantage. Speaking with, Mroz stated, “I was very impressed by both of these players at the Buffalo and Toronto camps.”

Zach holds CHA trophy.  Photo from

What is perhaps most impressive is that Mroz continues to sign women with such winning pedigrees. Forward Erin Zach was a member of the 2014 RIT team that won the College Hockey America conference championship. Unfortunately, due to NCAA regulations, RIT was unable to participate in the national tournament, but this doesn’t detract at all from Zach’s senior season. The diminutive forward was a featured member of the championship team, as the Tigers were 13-6-1 when Zach recorded a point. Zach’s offensive play is impressive, but she is definitely a two way player, blocking 30 shots during her final season at RIT, but perhaps her best attribute is that she plays a smart, clean game – rarely does she take penalties. Zach told “I’m very excited, this is an amazing opportunity for women’s hockey as a whole. It’s finally time that this is happening and this is going to be a great success.”

Breaking boundaries is nothing new for forward Devon Skeats. The Canadian forward has traveled to world to play hockey, which includes an Austrian Division III Men’s team. Skeats and her Bulls team finished second in the league. She was assistant captain on the 2013-2014 Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks team, leading the team to three OUA Championships in her five year career. In her final year at Laurier, Skeats scored at a point-per-game – 21 goals in 21 games. While attending the Buffalo camp in May, Skeats put her scoring skills on display, netting the puck nearly every time she got close to the goal. At her signing, Mroz raved about Skeats; “Devon’s speed and endless effort is something that I look for in a player. She possesses strength and hockey smarts, and she will be a great fit in Buffalo.”

Skeats celebrates with teammates.  Photo from

Skeats celebrates with teammates. Photo from

Skeats herself is ready to continue her leadership role on Buffalo ice; “I feel very fortunate and excited to be a part of this historic inaugural year in the NWHL. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the Beauts and I want to contribute in any way they need,” Skeats stated to

There is one more Canadian Camp being held today in Windsor, ON. It will be interesting to see if the Beauts move to bolster their talented scoring core, or will sign their first blueliner. The final camp will take place in evening, so we may soon have a better picture of the Beauts training camp lineup.

With Sabres Prospects camp already taking place, it has been an exciting week for Buffalo. The GMs have been hard at work evaluating talent, and the fans couldn’t be more ready for the seasons to start. As the teams take shape, and the Beauts’ inaugural puck drop approaches, Buffalo prepares itself for this historic path to the Isobel Cup. With a solid goaltender and talented forwards already locked up, the future looks as bright as its ever been. Welcome to Buffalo, Erin and Devon!

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