A current member of the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) Ruggiero, born in 1980, is an ice hockey defenseman. She is a member of the International Olympic Committee, and was formerly a member of the United States women’s national ice hockey team.
Ruggiero played high school hockey at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. While in college at Harvard University, Ruggiero won the 2004 Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in U.S. women’s collegiate hockey.
Ruggiero was credited with the game-winning goal in the shoot-out that won the 2005 Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships for the United States against the Canadian national women’s hockey team, winning the first gold medal ever for the United States at the world championship. At the 2005 Esso National Women’s Championships, she was named the Best Defenceman.
Ruggiero represented the United States in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. On January 14, 2010, she was named as an alternate captain for the United States Olympic hockey team. That same month, she was announced as one of nine current and former athletes standing for election to become members of the IOC in Vancouver.
During the 2010–11 Boston Blades season, Ruggiero scored the game-winning goal on December 19, 2010, which snapped the Montreal Stars undefeated season.
On December 28, 2011, she announced her retirement from USA’s national hockey team via Twitter.
She was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.