Athletes and fans noticing Buffalo’s progressive place in the sports world

NWHL inaugural all star game

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — These Harborcenter seats are cleared out now but they’ve been packed this whole weekend as thousands of excited hockey fans filled them for the inaugural National Women’s Hockey League All-star game.

“We’re here to help them bring awareness to women sports and hockey here in Buffalo being hockey town USA,” said Derek, a Buffalo Beauts fan attending the NWHL all-star game.

“”They’re used to just having a male driven sport and professional leagues,” said Maggie Giamo who is also at the game. “Now that there’s this NWHL league there are possibilities to pursue a dream of playing a professional sport and being paid for it.”

The Queen City is just one of four across the country that has a team in the league.

“It’s always been a hockey town,” said Giamo. “But it’s nice now that it’s really rooted in women’s hockey.”

Maggie Giamo is a right winger for the Beauts. She’s also a local teacher and she’s watching the all-star game with a group of her students including a lot of young girls.

From having one of the few cities to have a team in the women’s league to Kathryn Smith becoming the first female full-time coach in the NFL, Buffalo seems ahead of the game with the roles women play in sports.

Giamo and teammate Emily Pfalzer- who is also captaining the winning all-star – both say they feel Buffalo is one of the more progressive sports cities .

“It shows it here, h we hosted the all star game and the turn out was also great.”” said Pfalzer, who is a Getzville native.

“Girls hockey has come such a long way from when I started,” said Giamo. “It’s nice to see that this happening finally and I can see it going further now.”

That’s something young girls are noticing and hoping continued as well as they keep their eyes on a bright future in sports.

“I think women are coming far in the leagues and all of that and we’re finally getting recognition,” said Taylor, a young hockey player enjoying the all-star game. “It was always just the Olympics and now it’s coming this far. I think it’s every girls goal now.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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