Chad Ruhwedel (born May 7, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman under contract for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).
He played ice hockey for the San Diego Junior Gulls and La Jolla Jaguars as a youth, before playing for the Los Angeles Kings U18 AAA team. After juniors, he played for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, earning a Division I college hockey scholarship to UMass Lowell. On April 13, 2013 he signed a two-year entry-level contract as an undrafted free agent with the Sabres.
On July 16, 2014 Ruhwedel signed a two-year contract to remain with the Sabres organization.
At the conclusion of his contract with the Sabres, on July 1, 2016, Ruhwedel signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way deal with the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored his first National Hockey League goal on December 23, 2016 in a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Chad Ruhwedel was raised in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego and attended Scripps Ranch High School, where he starred on the roller hockey team.
|2008–09||Sioux Falls Stampede||USHL||55||0||11||11||30||4||0||1||1||4|
|2009–10||Sioux Falls Stampede||USHL||58||5||17||22||55||3||0||1||1||2|
Awards and honors
|Hockey East First Team||2012–13|
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||2012–13|
|Hockey East All-Tournament Team||2013|