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Buffalo native Jacquie Greco enjoys summer of celebration

Erik Wollschlager

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Harrison Browne and Jacquie Greco wait on the blue line as their teammates are introduced. Boston Pride at Buffalo Beauts, October 7, 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini
Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

The Buffalo Beauts have announced that the team will raise the championship banner to the rafters of HarborCenter in the first official home game of the season on Nov 11. The team will celebrate its first Isobel Cup with fans, who haven’t seen a championship hockey team in generations.

With the Queen City’s rich history of playoff failures, it will be quite a jubilee. It has certainly been a joyful summer for Beauts players and fans alike. One Buffalo native is incredibly excited to be celebrating the win, and is determined to perpetuate the team’s success on the ice.

Jacquie Greco had a fantastic rookie season with the Beauts, culminating in the championship victory over the Boston Pride. The utility skater contributed in every aspect of the game, and was appreciative of the opportunity to continue her career. Having re-signed with the Beauts for the 2017-18 season, Greco looks forward to the defending the Cup, as well.

Greco is proud of her rookie season, and is pleased with the results of the hard work she and her team put in.

“I felt as though I was an instrumental player in many different aspects of our season. I enjoyed playing both defense and forward and being a support for both units,” she told FanRag Sports.

The young Buffalonian has spent the spring and summer fine-tuning her game in preparation for her second professional season, she reports. “Working on keeping my hockey strength is key in the summer and always working on improving my shot.”

Looking back, her rookie season was full of great memories, but none so incredible as winning the Isobel Cup for her home city. In one word, she describes the experience as “amazing,” and continued, “There are no other words to describe it. This city has a lot of heart and it definitely feels special to win it in my hometown. We have the best fans in the league, and to win it for them was just what we wanted.”

Greco spent her time with the Cup sharing with family and friends in Western New York. She also toured many of Buffalo’s incredible restaurants, and found that Lady Isobel makes one heck of a sashimi dish.

Aside from the tour of the best food the Queen City has to offer, Greco has spent the summer giving back to the community that has supported her team through its brief history.

“I’ve worked most recently with the Buffalo Sabres Learn To Play program, which started last season,” Greco said. “As a coach I would attend sessions all over rinks in the Buffalo area and teach beginner hockey players the core fundamentals and the fun in playing hockey.

“I had so much fun with the kids and I hope they all did too. Our goal is to get them to continue playing next season, and by making hockey fun, we hope to capture a lot of new players and hopefully find the next Pat Kaleta and Emily Pfalzer [Beauts captain and Team USA defenseman].”

Looking ahead, Greco is excited for the big things yet to come for the Beauts.

“We have a lot of new players this year, so if we can continue our mentality from last year into this year, I have no doubts we can continue with success,” she said. “I’m looking forward to meeting all the new girls and working with them this season.”

Ultimately, Greco says her team needs to start strong and end strong.

“This league is very competitive,” she warned, “and we have to start off on the right foot to stay in the entire season.”

Erik was just four years old when he and his grandmother climbed the treacherous steps of The Aud to take perch in the vaunted orange seats. It’s been all downhill from there. The perpetual wave that never crests, his fandom for Buffalo sports has produced a swelling disappointment deep within that can only be released in small increments, such as sarcastic tweets and bitter reaction blogs – lest he unleash a raging flood that would destroy the city. For Buffalo Beauts in-game coverage and defense against the national media for the Buffalo Sabres, check out 716SportsPodcast.com, and for general hockey opinion you can find his musings at BonusHockey.com

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