EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Harvard women's hockey alum Angela Ruggiero has been named to SportsBusiness Journal/Daily's Forty Under 40 Class of 2018 as announced by the journal.
SportsBusiness Journal/Daily released its annual list of 40 execs who will be recognized for excellence and innovation in their careers, all before the age of 40. All 40 execs will be featured in the April 9 issue of SportsBusiness Journal, where the stories of their career paths and successes will be shared. They also will be honored at the annual Forty Under 40 gala, April 18, at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live.
Ruggiero is the CEO and co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab, based in Boston. Sports Innovation Lab is a technology-driven services company focusing on the convergence of sports and technology. The lab bridges the gap between the worlds of sports and technology, and the team is built to facilitate meaningful conversations and to make the essential connections that drive innovation. At the heart of the operation is engineered an intelligent, machine-learning system that processes massive quantities of data on sports technology to deliver actionable insights.
Ruggiero graduated from Harvard in 2004 and is one of the most decorated athletes to pass through the Crimson gates. During her senior season, Ruggiero won the Patty Kazmaier Award, recognizing the top player in women's college hockey, was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and was the Beanpot MVP. In addition to being voted captain in both her junior and senior seasons, the blue liner was a four-time First Team All-America honoree, four-time All-ECAC Hockey First Team honoree, two-time ECAC All-Tournament Team honoree and the 2004 ECAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. In her four years in Cambridge, split by the 2002 Olympics, Ruggiero helped the Crimson to a 114-13-5 overall record, contributed to Harvard's 1999 AWCHA National Championship and graduated ranking sixth all time in career points, fifth in goals and third in assists with 253 points on 96 goals and 157 assists. She participated in four Olympic tournaments (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010), and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015, just the fourth woman to earn the honor.
Earlier this year, Ruggiero pledged to donate her brain to CTE and concussion research and had the honor of distributing the women's hockey gold medals to Team USA after it defeated Canada for the first time since the 1998 Olympics in Nagano.