Harrison Browne

First Transgender Athlete To Play Professionally

Division 1 NCAA Hockey Player and 2017 NWHL Champion

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Harrison Browne

Harrison Browne is the first transgender athlete in North American professional sports. He currently plays in the National Women’s Hockey League and was on the championship team, the Buffalo Beauts, for the 2016-17 season.

During his first two seasons in the NWHL, Harrison has been a trailblazer and pioneer for LGBTQ rights. He helped form the first ever transgender policy in professional sports to aid both transmen and transwomen in their participation. He is also the appointed Inclusion Leader for the NWHL advisory board. Through his efforts, Harrison was recognized in 2016 by The Hockey News as one of hockey’s 100 Top People of Power.

Throughout Harrison’s decorated hockey career, he has represented Team Canada in the 2011 U18 Championship and won a silver medal in Stockholm, Sweden. He also represented Team Ontario during the 2011 Canada Winter Games where he also won a silver medal.

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The Oakville, Ontario native started his NCAA Div. 1 college hockey career playing at Mercyhurst University for his award winning rookie season. Harrison then transferred to the University of Maine to continue playing and finish out the remaining three years of his college career. After graduating, Harrison joined the NWHL as a member of the Buffalo Beauts where he was named to the 2017 All-Star team and won the championship.

During the 2016-17 season, Harrison was affiliated with the You Can Play organization to continue to advocate for LGBTQ rights and athletes within the NWHL. Harrison corresponded with various Gay Straight Alliance leaders and participants within schools and local communities.

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