Hayley Scamurra is one of the most recognized hockey players in Western New York. A native of Williamsville, New York, Scamurra has won a World Championship while representing the United States and an Isobel Cup with the local NWHL team, the Buffalo Beauts. This season, Scamurra leaves New York State for Massachusetts. It’s not the first time she has taken this journey, however.
After playing in 28 games with the Oakville Hornets of the PWHL, and serving as captain, during the 2012-13 season, Scamurra headed to Boston. There, she would star for coach Dave Flint on the Northeastern Huskies. Scamurra helped elevate Northeastern from a strong program to an elite one. She was part of the 2016 team that appeared in the NCAA Tournament, and helped lay the foundation for the now three-time defending Hockey East Champions.
Scamurra scored a career-high 43 points (14 g, 29 a) as a junior in 2015-16, helping the Huskies make the tournament for the first-time in program history.
Following her 2016-17 senior season with Northeastern, Scamurra turned pro with the Beauts. She played in one regular season game, then helped Buffalo claim the Isobel Cup just weeks after finishing her college career.
Scamurra would play two more seasons with the Beauts, scoring a career-high 20 points (10 g, 10 a) in 2018-19. After winning a World Championship in the spring of 2019, Scamurra’s professional career would change forever.
She left the NWHL for the 2019-20 season, joining the upstart PWHPA and training out of Buffalo. This season, Scamurra will join fellow New York natives Kim Sass and Jacquie Greco in suiting up for the PWHPA’s New Hampshire Regional Training Hub. The Hub is one of two in the United States, and the only one on the East Coast for the 2020-21 season.
We recently caught up with Scamurra to discuss why she joined the PWHPA, her goals for the upcoming season, how she got into the sport and more!
WHT: What drew you to the sport of hockey as a young girl, and what fueled the passion that has led you on a very impressive career?