Ruggiero to be Inducted into National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard women’s hockey great Angela Ruggiero ’02-04 will be inducted into the National Italian Sports Hall of Fame (NASHF), the organization announced. The ceremony will take place Oct. 22 in Chicago and will be celebrating the 33rd induction class in the history of the organization.    

Ruggiero is one of five honorees, and the only female, to be inducted in this year’s ceremony. She joins former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, former baseball player/manager Ken Aspromonte and for baseball star Bob Aspromonte on the list of this year’s inductees.

Ranked sixth in Harvard team history in points, Ruggiero was one of the most decorated skaters to come through Cambridge. She helped the Crimson to a national championship in 1999 and became Harvard’s fourth Patty Kazmaier Award recipient when she took home the prestigious award as a senior. She has represented the United States in every Olympic Games that has hosted women’s ice hockey, helping Team USA to a gold medal in 1998, silvers in 2002 and 2010 and a bronze in 2006. She has also led the United States to three world championships .

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