Resident Noreen Lyndsay and the entire Brightview Severna Park community are cheering for the U.S. women’s hockey team this winter Olympics. Noreen’s granddaughter, Hayley Scamurra, is proudly donning jersey number 16 and the red, white, and blue this month in Beijing.
Ice hockey was a passion for the whole Scamurra family; Hayley’s father, Peter Scamurra, played in the NHL with the Washington Capitals for four seasons. Her brothers also played ice hockey. According to Noreen, Hayley started ice skating at a very young age. “Hayley told reporters that she thought her father put her on skates before shoes,” Noreen recalled.
Eventually, Peter built an ice hockey rink in the backyard for the kids to practice. “I’ve seen him up at 2:00 in the morning shoveling snow off the ice so it would be ready for the kids later,” Noreen said. That dedication is evident in Hayley as well – Noreen is in awe of the hard work Hayley puts in running, skating, and training every day.
Growing up, Hayley often played on teams with boys. Noreen recalls that Hayley earned a reputation for being a tough, talented player early on. “I remember the boys on the other team looking around and groaning once they saw they would be playing Hayley,” Noreen laughed.
After playing in college, Hayley played professionally with the Premier Hockey Federation (formerly the National Women’s Hockey League) for the Buffalo Beauts for three seasons. Her professional play got her noticed by the national team. After joining the national team, she won the gold medal for the U.S. in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship.
A dedicated lifelong fan, Noreen is enjoying cheering her granddaughter on from her apartment at Brightview Severna Park. For the team’s first preliminary game against Finland on February 3, Noreen had a watching party over breakfast with her son. She has the team’s schedule on hand and a navy blue Scamurra jersey to wear. “My daughter is getting me a white jersey, too,” Noreen said. Brightview Severna Park even posted a large banner outside the community in support of Hayley and Team USA.
Hayley’s lifelong dream was to compete in the Olympics, and Noreen is positively beaming that her granddaughter reached such a goal. “I’m most proud of Hayley that in any interview, she always say winning is a team effort,” Noreen said. “Even after a game where she scored the winning goal, she still mentioned her teammates, and I think that is so humble of her.”
As for a word of warning for Team USA’s competitors in the Olympics – “if you want the puck, you better be ready to fight Hayley because she’s not ready to give it up!” Noreen said.
From all of us at Brightview Senior Living, we wish Hayley and all of Team USA the best of luck at the 2022 Beijing Olympics!
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