Buffalo Beauts reach tentative agreement with former team owners

Aug 14, 2019

The National Women's Hockey League is on the verge of resuming use of the Buffalo Beauts logos and marketing materials after reaching a tentative agreement in its lawsuit with the team's former owners.

Documents filed in federal court on Aug. 5 reveal the league and Pegula Sports and Entertainment have a tentative settlement in place and are "in the process of finalizing a written settlement.''

The comment was included in a joint motion asking the court to extend a deadline for PSE to respond by Aug. 20.

The dispute over use of the team's logos stems from discussions following PSE's decision to relinquish control of the Beauts and return the franchise back to the NWHL in May.

In other news, Ashley Birdsall, a former player with the Minnesota Whitecaps and University of Wisconsin-Superior, is joining the team. After an impressive showing last month at the team’s Free Agent Camp, the 5-3 forward/defender who is about to complete her ninth year of service with the Minnesota Army National Guard, has signed with the Beauts.

“Throughout my time in the service, I have continued to train and compete in the sports of hockey, ice-cross downhill and biathlon,” Birdsall said. “I believe my biggest strengths are speed, physicality and versatility on the ice. I'm comfortable at both forward and defense and am happy to play wherever I am needed in the lineup in order to contribute to the success of the Beauts.”

Ashley Birdsall signs on with the Buffalo Beauts.
Credit National Women's Hockey League