Har­ri­son Browne to make NWHL de­but as 1st trans­gen­der player

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

BUF­FALO, N.Y. >> Har­ri­son Browne is pre­par­ing to make his de­but for the Na­tional Women’s Hockey League Buf­falo Beauts as the sec­ond-year pro­fes­sional league’s first trans­gen­der player.

The 23-year-old pre­vi­ously played at the pro­fes­sional and col­lege ranks as a woman, un­der the name Hai­ley Browne. On Fri­day, Browne an­nounced he iden­ti­fies as a male in a story pub­lished by ESPN . Browne said he was plan­ning to make the med­i­cal tran­si­tion to be­ing a man after com­plet­ing his col­lege ca­reer at Maine. He said he put that on hold in spring of 2015 for an op­por­tu­nity to play in the newly cre­ated NWHL.

The Beauts open the sea­son host­ing the Bos­ton Pride on Fri­day night.

NWHL Com­mis­sioner Dani Ry­lan told ESPN the league sup­ports Browne and con­sid­ers him as be­ing the same player as last year. Ry­lan added the league is work­ing on a pol­icy to in­clude trans­gen­der ath­letes.

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