When Corrine Buie signed her first NWHL contract, she did so as a hero in her hometown of Boston. Buie had the primary assist that won the Boston Blades the CWHL’s Clarkson Cup in 2015, but when her Blades teammates began heading to the US-based league, Buie followed suit.
She and many Blades players joined the Boston Pride – the team that would go on to capture the inaugural NWHL championship. As a two-time professional hockey champion, Buie felt that she’d accomplished all that she could in Beantown and jumped at the opportunity for a fresh start, signing with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season.
Recently. Buie sat down to discuss her new city, her new experiences, and her renewed passion.
The first thing Buie talked about was the city itself; “I am absolutely loving Buffalo. It is a great city. I was ready for something new, ready for a change. I’m enjoying it so far,” she said. “I knew that some of the members of the team were able to live together, and I love that I’m now living with girls on the team. It’s awesome – in Boston, I was living with my sister and random roommates. It’s nice that I get to be closer to my teammates.”
The preseason didn’t start out the way that anyone had hoped. Following Buffalo’s first tune-up, Buie suggested that the team needed some more time to solidify, and become comfortable with one another. “[We need to] continue to put our systems into place – continue to work on those. We need to get a feel for each other. As coach Ric [Seiling] was just saying, we are focused on getting better each period."
Afterward, and with a few games with the Beauts under her belt, the young forward compared her experience in Buffalo to last season with the Pride. “It’s a little bit different,” she said. “Everyone is a professional; everyone is at such a high level. It's different because playing I'm with so many new teammates and getting to know their playing styles,” but she continued by saying that there is a familiarity, as well. “It's similar in that the coaches are trying to get our systems in place at this stage of the season.”
Buie has been spending a lot of time on a line with Shiann Darkangelo and Emily Janiga. Both are dynamic, powerful forwards, and she is enjoying her role with the pair and her experience opening weekend. “They’re both talented and skilled players. It feels great.” She continued, “It was great to take the ice at Harborcenter. The crowd support was amazing and it was huge to end the weekend with a comeback win against Connecticut.”
In terms of her goals she has for herself and the team, she’s keeping things simple. “The only expectations I have are that, across the board, the league will be even better this year and any team will have the talent to win in any given match up. I plan to work hard and do whatever I can to be effective and I'm confident my teammates will do the same. It's going to be a great season and I'm so glad I get to be a part of this history-making league.”
Buie and the Beauts return to HARBORCENTER on October 23 at 3:30pm. Be sure to tune in as Jeff, Justen and Erik bring you play-by-play and complete in-game analysis on NWHL.zone.