Mikyla Grant-Mentis signed a record-breaking deal with the Buffalo Beauts that makes her the highest-paid professional women’s hockey player in history.
The one-year deal with the Premier Hockey Federation franchise is worth $80,000.
SIGNING NEWS: 📣 Reigning @PHF MVP Mikyla “Buckey” Grant-Mentis (@GrantMentis) has signed a 1-year deal to join the 2022-23 #Beauts! WELCOME BACK TO BUFFALO, BUCKEY!!! 😃🏒📝: https://t.co/dDLhWmv4s1#PHF #FortBeaut 📸: @mikehetzelphoto 🖼: @jsantalucia96 pic.twitter.com/Rhw3Gkj7R9— Buffalo Beauts (@BuffaloBeauts) May 9, 2022
SIGNING NEWS: 📣 Reigning @PHF MVP Mikyla “Buckey” Grant-Mentis (@GrantMentis) has signed a 1-year deal to join the 2022-23 #Beauts! WELCOME BACK TO BUFFALO, BUCKEY!!! 😃🏒📝: https://t.co/dDLhWmv4s1#PHF #FortBeaut 📸: @mikehetzelphoto 🖼: @jsantalucia96 pic.twitter.com/Rhw3Gkj7R9
The reigning PHF MVP began her career in Buffalo but spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Six. She was named newcomer of the year in 2020-21 and then won the award for top player last season.
She led Toronto in scoring last year, finding the back of the net 13 times while adding a total of 17 assists for 30 points through 19 regular season games. She finished second in scoring behind Connecticut’s Kennedy Marchment.
With 42 points through 27 career games, she has averaged 1.56 points per game.
“Buffalo was the team to give me my first opportunity to play in the PHF,” Grant-Mentis said. “So choosing to make a professional change to the Buffalo Beauts at this point in my career is an excellent opportunity for me to fine-tune my skills and bring them to an entirely new level on and off the ice.”
The contract comes as the PHF implements its new $750,000 salary cap.
“The opportunity to add such an elite player like [Grant-Mentis] rarely comes along in professional sports,” Beauts GM Nate Oliver said in the team release. “We are extremely excited that she is returning to Buffalo and will be a Beaut once more. There aren’t many athletes who can take over a game the way that [Grant-Mentis] can.”