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The National Women's Hockey League's first transgender player says he plans to retire after this season.

March 14, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The National Women's Hockey League's first transgender player says he plans to retire after this season.

Harrison Browne announced his decision in a release issued by the league on Tuesday in advance of the NWHL semifinal and championship playoff games this weekend. Browne plays for the Buffalo Beauts, who will face New York on Friday. The winner will play in the Isobel Cup Final on Sunday.

NWHL's Harrison Browne comes out as first transgender professional athlete in U.S.

Browne intends to pursue a career in sports business and will continue serving on the NWHL's board of advisers for the four-team league's third season next year.

Browne previously went by the name of Hailey Browne. On the day of the Beauts' season-opening game in October, Brown went public in saying he identifies as a male and prefers to be known as Harrison.

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