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Hockey Great Angela Ruggiero To Be Inducted Into The IIHF Hall Of Fame

By Darci Miller | Jan. 17, 2017, 12:16 p.m. (ET)

Angela Ruggiero celebrates after scoring against China during their women's ice hockey preliminary game at at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at UBC Thunderbird Arena on Feb. 14, 2010 in Vancouver.

Angela Ruggiero was inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015. This year she will complete the hall of fame hat trick, joining Saku Koivu, Uwe Krupp, Joe Sakic, Teemu Selanne and Dieter Kalt as a member of the IIHF Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Ruggiero debuted with the U.S. women's national ice hockey team as a 17-year-old at the 1997 IIHF Women's World Championship. Twenty years, four world championships and four Olympic medals later, she is one of the most accomplished women in the history of hockey, both on and off the ice. In 1998, at the Olympic debut of women's hockey, she helped Team USA to its first (and, currently, only) Olympic gold medal and cemented herself as a cornerstone of the U.S. blueline for years to come. She was part of another major U.S. women's hockey first, scoring the winning goal in Team USA's first-ever world championship victory in 2005. She went on to win three more world championship titles, plus two Olympic silver medals and one bronze. 

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She retired from hockey in 2011, but her career was only just beginning. Having attended Harvard University from 2000-2004 (winning a national championship and being named the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner in 2004), her strong educational foundation led her to earn a master's degree in sports management from the University of Minnesota. She then returned to Harvard, earning an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2010, she was named to the International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission, as well as the United States Olympic Committee board of directors. In 2013, she was named to the IIHF Athletes' Committee, and in 2016 she was promoted to Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission and named to the executive board of the IOC.

The 2017 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on the final day of the 2017 IIHF World Championship on May 21 in Cologne, Germany.

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