Cheese is Back in Buffalo! U.S. Olympian and NWHL All-Star Lisa Chesson Signs with the Beauts

by NWHL Media


BROOKLYN – The NWHL and Buffalo Beauts are proud to announce the return of an all-time great player and advocate for women’s hockey. Defender Lisa Chesson, a former Olympian, longtime member of the United States National Team, two-time NWHL All-Star, and 2017 Isobel Cup champion, has signed a contract to play for the Buffalo Beauts in 2020-21. It will be Chesson’s fourth season in the NWHL.

“The NWHL has made significant progress over the years in giving us a place to play, but most importantly, making an impact on the next generation of women's players,” said Chesson. “I am beyond excited to have another opportunity to continue to grow the game both on and off the ice, and I’m really looking forward to next season with Buffalo and the NWHL.”

With the USNT, Chesson helped her country win gold medals at the World Championship in 2009 and 2013, and silver in 2012. As a member of Team USA when they earned the silver medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, she had 3 goals and 3 assists in 5 games. She also competed in five Four Nations Cups. 

In a celebrated collegiate career at Ohio State, Chesson was 27-62-89 in 145 games. 

In the NWHL, Chesson played three straight seasons for the team from 2016 until 2019 and was a top defender on the Beauts’ Isobel Cup-winning squad in 2016-17. In 37 NWHL regular season games, Chesson has two goals, 15 assists and 17 points and is +11. Her plus-15 in 2018-19 led all Beauts defenders. She was selected to play in the 2018 NWHL All-Star Game in Minnesota and 2019 event in Nashville. 

An Ohio resident, Chesson is a software developer for Prevedere, a global business intelligence solutions company based in Columbus. Forever dedicated to advancing hockey as a game for everyone, she assists in clinics for players of all levels in Ohio and looks forward to doing the same in Western NY when she re-joins the Beauts.

View Lisa's bio page for more info and links!

Photo credit: Michelle Jay & Michael Hetzel

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