Born January 3, 1980 in Panorama City, California, Angela Ruggiero was raised in Harper Woods, Michigan. Ruggiero played prep school hockey at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and while a senior at Choate, was the youngest member of the gold medal-winning United States Olympic Hockey Team in 1998. Ruggiero went on to play in three more Olympic tournaments with Team USA, capturing silver in 2002, bronze in 2006 and silver in 2010. She was named the tournament's top defencemen in both 2002 and 2006.
While attending Harvard, Ruggiero played for the college's hockey team for four years, and in each season, was an NCAA All-American selection and a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the best player in U.S. women's collegiate hockey, winning the award in her senior year (2004). Her 253 points (96 goals and 157 assists) ranks sixth all-time at Harvard and first among defencemen.
On January 28, 2005, Angela became the first woman to play in a regular season professional game in the United States who was not a goaltender when she played for the Tulsa Oilers against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in a Central Hockey League game. That night, she joined her brother Bill on the Oilers, becoming the first brother/sister combination to play professionally at the same time.
Ruggiero was a nine-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's Championship. The U.S. won silver in 1997 and she helped the United States win the 2005 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships by scoring the winning goal against Canada in the shoot-out. It was the USA's first-ever gold medal at this event. Ruggiero was named the tournament's top defenceman four times (2001, 2004, 2005 and 2008) and was selected to the media All-Star Team in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009).
Angela was also a seven-time member of the U.S. Women's Select Team for the Four/Three Nations Cup, taking first place in 1997 and second in 2000.
Ruggiero was a member of the Montreal Axion of the National Women Hockey League in 2004-05, and joined the Minnesota Whitecaps of the Western Women's Hockey League in 2007-08. The Whitecaps won the league championship in 2008-09. She was a member of the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women's Hockey League in 2010-11.
In December 2011, Angela Ruggiero announced her retirement from the USA's National Hockey Team.
|1996-97||United States||Nat-Team W||5||2||1||3|
|1997-98||United States||Nat-Team W||31||5||12||17|
|1998-99||Harvard Univ. Crimson||ECAC [W]||32||21||40||61||74|
|1998-99||United States||Nat-Team W|
|1999-00||Harvard Univ. Crimson||ECAC [W]||29||21||33||54||38|
|1999-00||United States||Nat-Team W||2||0||0||0|
|2000-01||United States||Nat-Team W||39||15||28||43|
|2001-02||United States||Nat-Team W||31||12||23||35||22|
|2002-03||Harvard Univ. Crimson||ECAC [W]||34||29||54||83||60|
|2002-03||United States||Nat-Team W|
|2003-04||Harvard Univ. Crimson||ECAC [W]||32||25||30||55||80|
|2003-04||United States||Nat-Team W||4||0||4||4|
|2004-05||United States||Nat-Team W||4||1||1||2|
|2005-06||United States||Nat-Team W||18||6||8||14||12|
|2006-07||United States||Nat-Team W|
|2007-08||United States||Nat-Team W|
|2008-09||United States||Nat-Team W|
|2009-10||United States||Nat-Team W||24||3||5||8||38|
|2010-11||United States||Nat-Team W|