For Pride month, we’ve dedicated each day of June to an individual athlete or coach whose shining moment changed LGBTQ sports.
Today, we’re looking back at March 26, 2018 and the Isobel Cup NWHL Championship match between the Metropolitan Riveters and the Buffalo Beauts.
How many champions can boast they won back-to-back championships with both the winning and losing teams?
Out transgender player Harrison Browne had retired from hockey after the 2017 season, when he won his first championship as a member of the Beauts. He decided to retire after that victory to further pursue his transition. He was named Outsports’ 2017 co-male hero of the year.
But after hearing from so many LGBTQ people, particularly trans athletes, about how he had inspired them, Browne returned to the NWHL and played in all 16 of the Riveters’ regular-season games, scoring three goals and six assists.
In March 2018, Browne and his Metropolitan Riveters team beat the Buffalo Beauts, 1-0, to win the Isobel Cup championship. He dedicated his victory to the LGBTQ community.
This one goes out to my LGBTQ family! You all have given me strength and courage to achieve my dreams as myself... And wow did those dreams ever come true. ️ ❤️ #HockeyIsForEveryone https://t.co/VV57ElwVaK— Harrison Browne (@Hbrowne24) March 27, 2018
You can watch the conclusion of the championship game by clicking here or below.
Since retiring from hockey (for the second time) Browne has taken up a new career as a full-time actor. Catch up by clicking here.
We’ll have another Moment of Pride tomorrow and every day in June.