Alyssa started playing roller hockey at a local YMCA at 6 years old before trying out ice hockey at age 7. She moved to Raleigh, North Carolina at age 10 and played several years in the RYHA and East Coast Eagles youth hockey organizations.
In an effort to pursue her lifelong dream of wearing a Team USA jersey, Alyssa packed up and moved to Faribault, Minnesota at age 14 -- where she suited up for Shattuck-St. Mary's. She served as Team Captain of the school's U16 Team, and won a National Championship in 2009.
Upon graduation from prep school, Alyssa elected to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she starred for four seasons as a member of the Big Red. She served as Team Captain her senior season, and received several award throughout her career such as ECAC All-Rookie Team, 1st Team All-Ivy Conference, and Second-Team All American.
In August 2014, Alyssa represented the United States in a three-game series versus Canada in the Under-22 Series. Later that year, Alyssa was selected as a member of the U.S. National Team to compete in the 2014 Four Nations Cup. The team fell victim to heartbreak, losing to Canada in overtime of the Gold Medal Game. A year later, in 2015, Alyssa was again chosen for the team -- and this time, they avenged their loss, and claimed the Gold Medal by defeating Canada in overtime.
After graduating from Cornell University and being selected as a member of the U.S. National Team, Alyssa elected to move to Boston and play professionally for the Boston Blades of the CWHL. In her first season, she captured the Clarkson Cup as the League's top team. In 2015-16, Gagliardi signed a contract with the Boston Pride of the NWHL -- the world's first professional women's league that paid salaries to it's players! Alyssa was able to hoist the Isobel Cup in the league's inaugural season, and will return for her third season with the Pride in 2017-18.
Alyssa has always had a passion for working with younger players of all ages and abilities. She enjoyed bringing the Isobel Cup back to Raleigh in 2016, and decided that she wanted to become more involved with the youth hockey scene in the Southeast. Carolina Hockey Camps was founded with the guiding principle of being able to show young girls in the Southeast region to pursue their dreams of playing at the highest levels imaginable, and to build personal connections to serve as their mentor.