Harrison Browne, who was an inaugural member of the Buffalo Beauts and a key component of the 2017 Isobel Cup champion team, has announced his retirement from professional hockey.
Harrison leaves as one of only two players to be listed twice on Isobel, having won the 2018 championship with the Metropolitan Riveters.
Harrison’s legacy as a champion pales in comparison to the indelible mark he’s left on the sports world as a whole due to his role as a distinguished figurehead in the LGBTQ community.
“Harrison is a champion for transgender rights and retires as an Isobel Cup champion hockey player,” NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan indicated in today’s press release.
“Thank you to all the fans out there who have shown me support. I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for me and the LGBTQ community as a whole. You have shown anyone struggling to be themselves that they don’t have to be afraid…that there will always be people out there who will support you and love you no matter what. Thank you for allowing me to feel comfortable in my own skin and cheering me on as Harrison,” Browne wrote in his letter to the fans.
Harrison ends his career with 27 points in 51 regular season games, and has the distinction of having missed no games in his three year career, playing in all 51 NWHL games scheduled during that time.
His physicality and tenacity were his calling card throughout his career. There is little question that he will be missed on the ice this season, as these characteristics gave him the innate ability to change the pace of a game. This was especially true of his time with the Buffalo Beauts, when he and frequent linemates Kourtney Kunichika and Devon Skeats wreaked havoc on opponents with a devastating forecheck that often resulted in turnovers, shots, and goals for the Beauts.
“Thank you to the Buffalo Beauts organization for giving me a chance to make my professional hockey dreams come true,” Browne stated. “I will always cherish my time in Buffalo and as a Beaut. To all my past teammates, coaches, staff and fans, thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this Canadian feel at home across the pond.”
To read Harrison's entire statement, click here.