Angela Ruggiero

Ice Hockey

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A four-time Olympic medalist (one gold, two silver, one bronze) Angela Ruggiero spent over 15 years as an ice hockey defenseman with Team USA. She competed for the fourth time at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, where she won the silver medal. In 2010 Angela was elected to a highly regarded position as a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. The commission serves as a consultative body and is the link between active athletes and the International Olympic Committee. As an IOC Member, Angela also serves on the Entourage Commission, the 2018 Pyongchang Coordination Commission, and is the Chair of the Coordination Commission for the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Angela is also on the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors as well as a member of the International Ice Hockey Federations' Athletes Council.

In addition to her four Olympic medals, Angela is a four-time World Champion, leader of the U.S. Women's Hockey National Team and collegiate national champion at Harvard. She currently holds the record as the All-Time Leader in Games Played for Team USA and was voted the best female ice hockey player in the world in 2003,

As the first female defenseman in the Central Hockey League, Angela was the first woman non-goalie to play professional men’s hockey in North America, playing with the Tulsa Oilers alongside her brother, Bill.

Angela has worked with several non-profit organisations, including as the Director of the New York Islanders' "Project Hope." Angela graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in government and completed a Master’s Degree in sports management at the University of Minnesota. In December 2011, Angela retired from her sport to pursue an M.B.A. at Harvard Business School, from which she graduated in May of 2014. She is currently focusing on her duties related to her appointments on several executive committees.

Career Highlights

  • Four-time Olympic medalist
  • Four-time World Champion
  • All-Time Leader in Games Played for Team USA, male or female
  • Member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Elected to the International Olympic Committee, by her peers, following the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver
  • Harvard/NCAA - First Team Academic- All American
  • Women’s Sports Foundation Past President

Collegiate Career

She was a member of Harvard's 1999 championship winning team. In the spring of 2004, Ruggiero completed her senior season at Harvard University, captaining her team to a National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) runner-up trophy for the second year in a row. She also finished third on the team and eighth in the nation in scoring with 55 points. Ruggiero achieved these numbers despite missing the first four games of the NCAA season to participate in the United States' gold-medal effort at the 2003 Four Nations Cup in Skovde, Sweden.

In addition, then-24-year-old Ruggiero was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2004 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, Beanpot MVP and ECAC and Ivy League Player of the Year. She also earned her fourth first-team All-America selection. She is one of only two players in history to earn the honor four times.


Ruggiero was named the 2004 winner of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given to the most outstanding player in women's collegiate hockey. She was also ranked as the No. 1 women's hockey player in the world by The Hockey News. The Michigan resident received the International Ice Hockey Federation Directorate Award as the Best Defenseman as she led Team USA to a silver medal at the Four Nation's Cup and Women's World Championships in 2004.

In 2003, she was named United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Hockey Player of the Year, was ranked Top Defenseman in the World (Globe and Mail) and was voted Best Female Hockey Player in the World by The Hockey News. Ruggiero and her brother, Bill, earned a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame as the first brother-sister duo to play pro hockey together.

International & Educational Work

In July of 2004, Ruggiero took her talents off-ice and traveled to Uganda, where she served as an athlete ambassador for Right to Play, an international human rights organization that aims to develop health and recreation programs for urban slums and refugee camps in Africa. She is the director for Project Hope in association with the New York Islanders. Founder and head instructor of the All American Girls Hockey School. Ruggiero is featured in the Women's Sports Foundation educational program GoGirlGo! and was a competitor on Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."

Angela graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in government and completed a Master’s Degree in sports management at the University of Minnesota. In December 2011, Angela retired from her sport to currently pursue an M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. She graduated in May of 2014.

MORE ABOUT Angela Ruggiero

Women’s Sports Foundation Announces President-Elect and Four New Trustees

FEBRUARY 15, 2012: The Women’s Sports Foundation announced the appointment of a new President-Elect and four new members to the Board of Trustees. Olympic gold medalist Angela Ruggiero, Ice Hockey, has assumed the role of president-elect and will continue serving on the Board of Trustees to provide leadership and visibility for the organization’s mission. Read the Press Release

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The Women’s Sports Foundation’s Travel & Training Fund Awards $50,000 to Aspiring Athletes and Olympic Hopefuls

JULY 29, 2011 - Grants to 12 indivduals and two teams provide financial fuel for future champions in London and beyond Read the Press Release

Athletes and Organizational Leaders Visit Capitol Hill in Support of the 28th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day

FEBRUARY 5, 2014: Two-time Olympic and World Cup medalist Angela Hucles (Soccer), U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, and President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Executive Director Shellie Pfohl among panelists honoring Girls & Women in Sports Read the Press Release

Women’s Sports Foundation Announces Angela Hucles As New President

JANUARY 6, 2015: The Women’s Sports Foundation announced today the appointment of Angela Hucles as the Foundation’s new President. Hucles, whose two-year term went into effect January 1, 2015, and who succeeds Olympic hockey gold medalist Angela Ruggiero, will assume responsibility for providing leadership and visibility for the organization. Read the Press Release

Game On! WSF Leaders Gather on Capitol Hill to Highlight the Importance of Concussion Safety in Schools in Support of The 29th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day

FEBRUARY 4, 2015: To celebrate the 29th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), leaders from the Women's Sports Foundation will gather in Washington, D.C. to recognize the advancement of girls’ and women’s sports and to discuss how to reduce the numbers of concussions in sports. Game On!, this year’s theme, will focus on what schools can do to protect all student-athletes. Read the Press Release