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Team NWHL Q & A – Hayley Scamurra: “A Lot of Good Things Are Happening”!

By Dan Rice , 12/27/17, 2:01PM EST


Photo By Michael Hetzel

Hayley Scamurra was selected 10th overall by the Buffalo Beauts in the 2016 NWHL Draft. She is in her first full NWHL season after signing with the team late last season. Scamurra played in three games (two in the playoffs) and had five points as the Beauts won the 2017 Isobel Cup. This season with Buffalo she has scored five points (2g-3a). Scamurra was pretty stoked when she found out she had been chosen for Team NWHL in Tampa on January 13 and 15.

How did you find out you had been named to the team?

I got a call from Hayley Moore and she said I made the team. I freaked out (laughs). I was really excited because it was a total shock. I wasn’t expecting it. It was like two or three days before Christmas, the same day as the announcement of the Pegulas buying the Buffalo Beauts. So a lot of good things are happening!

Last year at this time you’re in college. Over the last nine months you’ve signed a pro contract, won the Isobel Cup three weeks later, the owners of the Buffalo Sabres just bought your team, and now you’re named to this Team NWHL. How fortunate are you feeling and what has this ride been like for you?

It’s been amazing, and nothing but good things with the Beauts. I’m having a lot of fun with all of the girls and now to be accepted into the Buffalo community ‘officially’ thanks to the Pegula family, it’s a huge game-changer – I think for our league, and women’s hockey in general. I’m really glad I get to be a part of it. 

What does it mean for the league in just its third year to have this opportunity?

It’s awesome and it’s a testament to our league to be able to play against Team USA. It’s really cool we get to play them right before they go to the Olympics and it’s a great experience for all of us players to see the talent and the commitment that they have given to USA Hockey. It should be a fun experience and I think we’re going to learn a lot.

Does it make this experience an easier adjustment to have some friends and teammates on this unique ride with you?

I think so. Going into a new team environment, it’s always good to have a few people that you know really well. And I’ll know the other girls from playing against them in college or pro or growing up. I’m sure we’ll all get along pretty quickly.

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to play against an Olympic team, but will it not be as nerve-wracking because you have played against a lot of the players?

I played with Kendall Coyne in college, so that’ll be a fun aspect. But yeah, that’s a really good point I hadn’t thought of, but very true. 

Obviously you want to win, but do you have any personal goals for the two games?

It’s definitely going to be fast-paced, physical, and I think we have to be aware of that and not let it take us aback and start watching. We have to make sure we take control of the game and give them good practice. You don’t want to step back and be passive because that’s not what the teams that they play against are going to do. We need to give them the best game possible by playing as hard as we can.