Chad Ruhwedel has had quite the hockey journey, literally going coast to coast to play the sport he loves.
The newest Buffalo Sabre took up the sport while growing up in San Diego and he elevated his game, enough to make the Sabres take notice, while playing on the collegiate level in Massachusetts.
Ruhwedel has two games under his belt on the Sabres blueline corps after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent. Maybe he’s a good luck charm because the Sabres are 2-0 with him in the lineup.
Ruhwedel received 13 minutes of ice time against Philadelphia and recorded one shot on goal. He had three shots in 11:15 versus Tampa and is an even player to this point.
Ruhwedel joined the Sabres just days after competing for Umass-Lowell in the NCAA’s Frozen Four. The junior played a key role in what was the River Hawks best season.
Ruhwedel, who was an alternate captain, scored seven goals, added 15 assists and was a plus 16, which led all UMass-Lowell defensemen. It earned him Hockey East All Conference First Team honors and he was also named Defenseman of the Year in New England.
The latest in a growing number of California natives to make it all the way to the NHL, Ruhwedel helped guide the River Hawks to a Hockey East tournament title and was rewarded with First Team All- Tournament recognition.
Ruhwedel’s hockey journey has also taken him to South Dakota where he spent two seasons playing for Sioux Falls in the United States Hockey League.