Ruggiero Inducted Into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Ruggiero Inducted Into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Ruggiero was also inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November (US Hockey).

BOSTON – Former Harvard women's hockey great Angela Ruggiero has been inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, announced at a ceremony Thursday by the organization. Ruggiero is one of four members in the 2015 class, joining Ron DeGregorlo, Chris Drury and Mathieu Schneider.

The 2004 Patty Kazmaier award winner, Ruggiero ranks fifth in Harvard women's hockey history with 96 goals, and third with 157 assists during her playing career from 1998-2000 and 2002-04. Ruggiero is one of six Crimson skaters to eclipse the 250-point barrier, and she played a key role in helping Harvard win the 1999 national championship.

Following her standout career with the Crimson, Ruggiero played professionally for the Montreal Axion, Minnesota Whitecaps and Boston Blades from 2004-11. She helped the Whitecaps win the Western Women's Hockey League championship in 2008-09.

Ruggiero is also one of the most decorated skaters in the history of Team USA, playing in more games (256) than any other athlete in the country's history. She tallied 208 career points for the red, white and blue, scoring 67 goals to go with 141 assists. She helped the 1998 U.S. squad capture gold in the Olympic Winter Games and went on to win silver medals in 2002 and 2010 and a bronze medal in 2006. The Harvard alum was named the top defenseman in both the 2002 and 2006 Olympics.

The Hall of Fame induction is the third of the year for Ruggiero, who was also selected to the Capital One Academic All-American Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier this year.