Buffalo State women's ice hockey captain Emma Ruggiero is staying home.
Ruggiero, a Sacred Heart graduate, signed Thursday with the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League, days after she took part in the team's rookie and free agent camp.
“I wasn’t going to let an opportunity like this pass,” Ruggiero, a 4-11 forward, said in a news release. “I’m really excited to share this journey with other players that share the same passion.”
She led Buffalo State last season with 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists and was named to the All-Northeast Women's Hockey League second team. She had 52 points in her college career in 100 games and also played softball for the Bengals.
Ruggiero also will help coach the Kenmore/Grand Island girls hockey team.
“I was worried that after graduating and being in the hockey world all my life, that was it,” she said. “But now I’m coaching and playing, and I really couldn’t be happier.”