PHOTO FROM MAINE ATHLETICS
Goaltender Mariah Fujimagari, an Ontario native who played four years at the University of Maine before one season of pro in Europe and one with the now-defunct CWHL, has signed her first NWHL contract with the Buffalo Beauts.
“My decision to play for the Buffalo Beauts, one of the NWHL founding teams, means a great deal to me,” said Fujimagari. “It has been a reassuring process with the exceptional management, led by GM Mandy Cronin. The conversations surrounding team culture and aspirations for the organization align with my vision, goals and core values of relentlessness, hard work, and respect.”
Fujimagari played four seasons with the Black Bears, appearing in 34 games and being named a captain in her senior year. Her first year of pro was in Slovakia in 2017-18 as the starting goaltender for HC SKP Bratislava. Last season, with the Worcester Blades of the CWHL, she played in 16 games and saw over 500 shots.
"We are excited to have Mariah join the Beauts family next season,” said Cronin. “She is a workhorse on and off the ice, and her passion for life and hockey is infectious. The drive, dedication and experience that Mariah brings is indicative of the culture we are building in Buffalo."
Besides playing professional hockey, Fujimagari has a career as a nutritionist and life coach.
“Buffalo is a wonderful city and community with passionate hockey fans and so many aspiring young hockey players,” said Fujimagari. “They deserve a championship team and I am looking forward to contributing in the pursuit of another the Isobel Cup for Buffalo.”