Beauts Captain Taylor Accursi Is Back for 5th Straight Season
BUFFALO – The Buffalo Beauts announced today that team captain and longtime forward Taylor Accursi has re-signed with the team. The 26-year-old returns for her fifth straight season as a Beaut and her second consecutive season wearing the "C". The deal was completed during the NWHL's restricted free agency period back in the first half of May.
Accursi, who was not able to play in Lake Placid during the 2020-21 NWHL season because of her commitments as an Ontario Provincial police officer, is primed to make her return to the ice for Buffalo.
"Having to watch from home while the girls were in Lake Placid was hard," she said. "But it gave me an extra year to get even better, faster and stronger for Season 7. I can guarantee that nobody will be more hungry for the Cup than me this season"
Accursi has scored 26 goals, 16 assists and 42 points in 52 career regular season games for Buffalo. She is the Beauts all-time leader in career goals (26), goals in a single season (16) and points in a single season (25). Her 42 career points in a Beauts uniform tie her with Kourtney Kunichika and Corinne Buie for most all-time. Accursi needs just a single tally to own the record outright.
"We're extremely excited to bring Taylor back for another season" said Beauts head coach Rhea Coad. "Her energy in the locker room and on the ice is what makes her a great teammate. But I have to say that Cursi's offensive presence is what we are excited for the most!''
Accursi set a career high on December 28, 2019 when she scored four goals in a span of just over 7-minutes during the outdoor "Buffalo Believes Classic" game against the Metropolitan Riveters. She had two separate 5-game point streaks during the 2019-20 season and recorded nine points (8G, 1A and 5G, 4A respectively) during each of those streaks. Rightfully so, Accursi was selected to the NWHL All-Star Game in 2020 for the first time in her career.
"We definitely missed Cursi's scoring touch in Lake Placid," said Beauts GM Nate Oliver. "That type of goal production just cannot be replaced. We are very excited to have her back in 2021-22, and it'll be great on a personal level to see her secure that franchise record for points and own it all to herself."
The Beauts captain is eager to get another shot at the Isobel Cup and be the best that she can be for the Buffalo faithful.
"I will be focused on scoring goals and supporting teammates," Accursi said, "in hopes of a successful and fun-filled season! It'll be time to celly hard!"