The initial reaction was surprise leaning toward shock.

Did the Buffalo Beauts really just sign Shannon Szabados, the best goaltender in women’s hockey and one of the sport’s most recognizable names?

But soon, the shock turned to no-brainer, at least for Jacquie Greco. The 27-year-old Buffalo native who also signed on for her third season with the Beauts saw the rush of big-name signings by Buffalo as part of the natural growth of professional women’s hockey.

“I realized, no this shouldn’t be a shock. This is what Buffalo is about – getting the best players in the world to come and play in Buffalo,” Greco said. “We want these world-class players in our league.”

And the world-class players want to play in Buffalo.

Szabados was the head turner, but the Beauts have added mega-talent in goaltender Nicole Hensley and forward Dani Cameranesi, who both won gold at the 2018 Olympics with Team USA.

But why Buffalo?

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