Ruggiero will join a class of five to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. (Harvard Athletics)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero '04, who twice served as captain of the Harvard women's ice hockey team during her historic collegiate career, headlines the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame Induction Class, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Tuesday.
Ruggiero is one of five inductees to join the 132 members of the Hall of Fame, which was created in 1988. The former Crimson skater is joined this year by the likes of Duke's Shane Battier, the University of Florida's Danny Wuerffel, Denison's Dr. Grant Jones and DePauw's Lee Hamilton, all of whom will be honored on Monday, June 15 at CoSIDA's sixth annual Capital One Hall of Fame Ceremony at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.
Before earning Olympic gold in 1998, silver in 2002 and 2010 and bronze in 2006, Ruggiero was a staple in the Harvard lineup in the Bright Hockey Center, eventually earning the coveted Patty Kazmaier Memorial Trophy, given to the nation's top female hockey player. After her four years on campus, Ruggiero holds Harvard's all-time record for goals by a defenseman (96), and is third all-time among Crimson skaters with 157 career assists. Her remarkable 253 points over four years is the sixth-most all-time among an impressive list of alumnae.
Ruggiero was a member of some of the most decorated Harvard teams, including the 1999 National Champion Crimson, which skated to an incredible 33-1 record, winning the Beanpot, ECAC Championship and the AWCHA National Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Following her time in Cambridge, Ruggiero, who now serves on the International Olympic Committee, became heavily involved in international competition and charity. She serves on the IOC's Athlete's Commission, Entourage Commission and 2018 Evaluation Commission. A member of the Board of Directors of both the United States Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency, Ruggiero also has been a trustee of the Women's Sports Foundation since 2008.