MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota alumna and 2018 Olympic gold medalist Dani Cameranesi has signed a one-year contract with the National Women's Hockey League's Buffalo Beauts for the 2018-19 season, the NWHL announced Tuesday.
"I could not be more excited to announce my decision to sign my first pro contract with Buffalo. I ultimately desired to be a part of an organization experienced in running a professional sports business," Cameranesi said in a statement issued by the NWHL. "With their ownership in the NFL, NHL and other sports enterprises, the Pegula family is genuinely committed to bringing success to the City of Buffalo. Their passion for growing the game of women's hockey can be seen in the strong foundation they created for women through the Buffalo Beauts organization. I'm excited to be a part of the organization and can't wait to begin my professional career in Buffalo."
Cameranesi will make her NWHL in the 2018-19 season after spending the 2017-18 season with Team USA and winning gold at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. At the Olympics, Cameranesi tied for the lead on Team USA with five points (3g-2a).
A two-time NCAA champion and two-time All-American during her time with the Gophers, Cameranesi recorded 201 points (93g-108a) in 143 career games for the Gophers. She joins fellow Gopher alum and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Kessel among those who have signed during the NWHL's free agency period, which began June 1.
Two Gopher alumnae spent last season playing in the NWHL as Amanda Leveille and Jordyn Burns teamed up for the Buffalo Beauts. Leveille was named the 2018 NWHL Goaltender of the Year and led the Beauts to an Isobel Cup runner-up finish.
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Sydney Baldwin, EHV Vienna Sabres (EWHL)
Dani Cameranesi, Buffalo Beauts (NWHL)
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Caitlin Reilly, EHV Vienna Sabres (EWHL)
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