Corinne Buie graduated from Providence College in 2015. Since then, all she’s done is win, win, win! On Sunday, Buie won her third consecutive professional women’s hockey title. In 2015, she tallied an assist on the game-winning goal of the Clarkson Cup Final when fellow Providence College alumna Janine Weber scored in overtime to give the Boston Blades a 3-2 victory over the Montréal Stars (now the Montréal Canadiennes).
In the following season, she followed many of her Blades teammates to the Boston Pride for the NWHL’s inaugural season. In 18 games, Buie recorded seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) for the Pride en route to the first Isobel Cup Championship.
In July, Buie took her talents to Buffalo. “I'm excited for what the second season of the NWHL will hold,” said Buie in the league release. “The first year was amazing, and it's just going to get better.” She made good on her words.
This regular season, Buie posted 12 points (nine goals, three assists) as the Beauts returned to the Isobel Cup Playoffs as the third seed for the second season in a row. She led Buffalo in goals and ranked second in the NWHL in with seven power play points (five goals, two assists).
While winning isn’t new to the Minnesota native, she has enjoyed her new role with the Beauts. “It was what I was looking for. There’s so many talented great players on every team in the NWHL, but obviously there’s more national players on the Boston team.” The best got even better when Team USA’s captain Meghan Duggan signed with the Pride after playing her first season in Buffalo.
“I got to play more, so that obviously helps you to improve,” Buie said. “Being on the ice more and being able to play a bigger role was really fun and was what I was looking for.”
Now on the other side of the Isobel Cup rematch, she scored the game-winning goal and became the first NWHL player to win multiple titles. Buie’s stick will join Weber’s in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“I’m so happy to bring a championship home to Buffalo,” said Buie after the game. “It’s welcomed me from the start. I love this team, it’s honestly been one of the best ... [one of] my favorite teams I’ve ever played on, so it’s just an unbelievable moment. Best sports moment of my life right here.”
Buie joked about retirement a few times. After all, what other frontier is there for her to reach? Is another Isobel Cup in reach for Buie? Only time will tell.
There’s speculation that the third season of the NWHL will be without its some of its largest stars. The U.S Women’s National Team players will centralize as early as the summer before the 2018 Winter Olympics.
For the third season, no current team will have more open roster spots than the Boston Pride. Will role players and practice players from the first two seasons return to showcase their skills? Will more recent college graduates fill the vacant spots?
Through all the elated celebrations in front of her during the postgame interview, Buie was focused enough to say that she plans to keep playing for the place she now considers “home.”
When asked if she would return for the third season, Buie responded, “I’m planning on it, but after today I’m like, should I retire now? But I’m going to keep playing hockey. I’m staying here. I’m staying in Buffalo now. Buffalo is my home.”
Before she has to worry too much about that, Buie will get to spend another several hours with the Isobel Cup. Last season, fans were able to follow Isobel’s journey via social media. Perhaps the best thing about going back-to-back is that Buie already knows the password to the Isobel Cup Twitter account!