CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former Harvard standout and four-time Olympian Angela Ruggiero ’02-04 announced her retirement from the U.S. Women’s National Team Tuesday. Ruggiero retires as one of the most decorated players in women’s hockey history.
"Angela has been a tremendous ambassador for women’s ice hockey,” said Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey and the current U.S. Women’s National Team head coach. “Her impact on the game has far exceeded her accomplishments on the ice. We want to wish Angela the very best as she takes this next step in her life and thank her for her unrelenting dedication to USA Hockey. She will be missed."
During her four years in Cambridge, Ruggiero redefined the defensive position. She is the sixth all-time leading scorer in Harvard program history with 253 points on 96 goals and 157 assists, and is the top-scoring blue-liner in team history. She was part of four Beanpot championship teams and was named tournament MVP in 2004. A four-time All-ECAC Hockey first team selection, she was named league Player of the Year as a senior, as well as the ECAC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
A four-time, first-team All-America selection, Ruggiero became the third Harvard player to take home the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2004, giving Harvard four of the first seven trophies awarded.
Her accolades continued with the U.S. National Team, where she competed for 16 years and in every Olympic games that has hosted women’s hockey. She helped Team USA to a gold medal in Nagano in 1998 as the youngest member of the team (18), and went on to collect two silver medals (Salt Lake City, 2002 and Vancouver, 2010) and a bronze (Torino, 2006). Her 256 games played for Team USA is the most in program history, and she finishes her international career with 208 points on 67 goals and 141 assists.
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