Missy Segall - First PHF Player Drafted Out of Hamilton College

by Jay Ashdown

When Covid-19 officially canceled her 2020-21 collegiate hockey season, Missy Segall did not know if she would ever play hockey again. Then she got a call that the Buffalo Beauts were interested in drafting her. As things played out, Segall was a third-round selection (15th overall) by the Beauts in the 2021 PHF Draft – the first player to ever be drafted out of NCAA Division III Hamilton College’s program. As of recently, Segall has been playing top-line minutes for the Beauts.

“It was really exciting,” Segall said. “When I was originally playing college hockey and had my senior season wiped out from COVID, I had assumed that would be the end of my hockey career. I hadn’t initially thought about continuing to play but then the opportunity to be drafted and join the Beauts came about.”

Segall put up stellar numbers during her three years of playing at Hamilton. In 76 games for the Continentals, she potted 25 goals and 51 total points. Her .671 points per game put her in the top-15 in program history. It is not hard to see why the Beauts selected her in the draft. From Clinton, New York where Hamilton is located, to the relatively close by Buffalo, the situation has been perfect so far.

“I grew up outside of Boston and then spent four years in upstate New York, so I was pretty excited I got to stay up here,” Segall said. “I made a joke that I wouldn’t be here much longer after college and look at me now! I’m still living here in New York and it’s pretty cool to still be close to where I went to school. I really feel like I’m connected to this area now.”

The adjustment from college hockey to the PHF has been difficult at times for Segall, but the results so far from the rookie have been promising for the Beauts. In the team’s first game of the season against the Toronto Six, she scored her first career goal, which was also the Beauts’ first goal of the season. In 12 games so far with the team, she has four points (1G, 3A) and has been playing on the Beauts’ first line in recent games.

“There’s a big difference coming from a DIII school,” Segall said. “The speed - it’s just so fast - so keeping up with the players who are all bigger and tougher, and just trying to keep up with the game has been challenging but I’m finding my way with it.”

Another adjustment Segall has made in her rookie season has been balancing work-life outside of hockey, along with her playing career. Segall works for Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream in Shelburne, Vermont. She started there the summer before her senior season while living in Vermont and working on the farm, before moving up to the company’s marketing department.

“After college, I was given a full-time job with them,” she said. “Over the summer I was working in-person while I was in Boston, but now I’m entirely remote while in Buffalo. It’s so nice to be given the opportunity to be working with a company like this. It is small but it is growing quickly. They are a family-run business - the owners are husband and wife and have three daughters that the company is named after. It’s fun to be able to work for them during the season while still being able to play hockey for the Beauts.”

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