Maine Captain and Hockey East All-Star Alyson Matteau Joins Buffalo’s Strong Blue Line
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 24, 2020
BUFFALO – The Buffalo Beauts continued to fortify their defense with the signing of former University of Maine captain Alyson Matteau, an exceptional defender who was third in blocked shots in NCAA Division 1 in her senior season. Matteau is also the No. 2 all-time leading scorer among defenders in Black Bears history.
"Alyson is an ideal blend of skill, tenacity, and hockey IQ,” said Beauts GM Nate Oliver. “Ever since she played for Team Canada at the 2015 U-18s in Buffalo, our staff has followed her career closely and we know all the great attributes she will bring to the Beauts. We are absolutely thrilled that she Alyson is joining us. Opposing players are not going to enjoy competing against her.”
The 5-10 defender was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team in 2017-18 and was selected to the 2015-16 Hockey East All-Rookie Team. In 136 games, she scored 16 goals and added 45 assists for 61 points. Hailing from Mirabel, Quebec, Matteau won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF U-18 World Championships. She played three consecutive years for Team Quebec's U-18 squad, and won gold in her final year at the Canada Winter Games.
“I’m looking forward to being part of the Beauts this season and continuing my hockey career as a pro in the NWHL,” said Matteau.
For the upcoming season, Buffalo has put together a formidable blue line. In addition to Matteau, the Beauts have re-signed NWHL all-stars Marie-Jo Pelletier and Lenka Čurmová, brought back U.S. Olympian Lisa Chesson, signed Hockey East all-star Whitney Dove out of Providence, and added former SDHL and Merrimack defender Dominique Kremer.
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