Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Future Badger: Rebecca Ruegsegger

Our friends at Beyond the Dashers have confirmed that goaltender Rebecca Ruegsegger (Lakewood, CO) has committed to the Badgers for the 2009-10 season. (Thanks, BTD!) She's the 1st commitment that the Badgers have received for that season. The Badgers are slated to have 3 goaltenders in 09-10 -- Alannah McCready will be a senior and incoming Badger Nikki Kaasa will be a sophomore -- so I would not necessarily expect to see much of her during her freshman year (although I wouldn't count her out, either). However, I have great expectations for her career as a Badger, and I'm pretty excited about this commitment. I'm not qualified to assess Ruegsegger's play or rank her among other recruits, but I would think that she would be one of the top goaltender recruits in the country.

Rebecca will be a senior this year at Shattuck-St. Mary's, where it appears she also plays lacrosse. In 30 games as a junior, she had a 27-1-1 record, with a 1.53 GAA, a .93 SV%, and 4 SO. As a sophomore, she played in 20 games for SSM's U-16 Team and had a 9-8-3 record, with a 1.55 GAA, .94 SV%, and 7 SO.

She played on the 2008 US U-18 team that competed in January at the IIHF U-18 World Championships in Calgary, although her playing time was limited by injury. Between the 1st 2 games of the tourney, she played 59:43 and had 4 saves on 4SOG. The Rocky Mountain News did a little Q&A with Rebecca following the tourney. Rebecca was also a member of the 2007 US U-18 Team that played in the U-18 series v. Canada. (You might remember that incoming Badger Brooke Ammerman also played on both US U-18 teams, and incoming Badgers Carolyne Prévost and Brittany Haverstock played on both CAN U-18 Teams.)

Rebecca is also the sister of Denver Pioneer Tyler Ruegsegger.

And for what it's worth, I wonder if, as a kid, she wrote this book?

Welcome to the Badgers, Rebecca. We look forward to seeing you in the Cardinal & White!