Maddie Norton, a 5-3 forward who last season scored 46 goals in 18 games for the University at Buffalo, has signed with the Buffalo Beauts.
“Maddie is a dynamic forward with soft hands and outstanding scoring touch,” said Buffalo head coach Pete Perram.
A Buffalo native, Norton was one of the finest players in the school’s history for ACHA Division II women’s hockey. She helped lead the Lady Ice Bulls to College Hockey East championship victories in 2017 and 2018. The team also made it to the ACHA Div. II Nationals in each season of her four-year tenure at UB. For her career at UB, Norton was 137-55-192 in 61 regular season games.
Norton exploded in scoring during the 2018-19 season with her 48 goals, and led the team in points with 62, which was 28 points more than the next highest scorer. Norton was named ACHA First Team All-Athletics and was the association’s Zoe Harris Player of the Year recipient.
Asked what she brings to the Beauts’ lineup, Norton said, “A determined mindset and energy – a drive to be better every day. I expect to develop into a better overall player that will help bring success to the team. I also expect to learn quite a bit from my new teammates and coaches.”
While playing for the Beauts, Norton will be pursuing a personal training certification and continuing to build her hockey apparel and training businesses.
“Being able to play in the NWHL and for the Beauts means the world to me,” said Norton. “I am being given the opportunity to compete with some of the best players from all around the world, and it’s a blessing. This is a great opportunity to use my voice to raise awareness for the women’s game, which is something I am passionate about.”