U.S. women's hockey pioneer Ruggiero retires
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Four-time U.S. Olympic women's hockey player Angela Ruggiero has announced her retirement.
The 31-year-old Ruggiero made her announcement Wednesday after 16 years with the U.S. women's national team.
Ruggiero, from Simi Valley, Calif., was a defenseman on each of the four American women's Olympic hockey teams, scoring 208 points as the team's most physical player. She appeared in a record 256 games for USA Hockey.
Ruggiero won one of the sport's first Olympic gold medals in 1998, followed by two silver medals and a bronze. She also played briefly alongside her brother in an American men's minor league.
The Harvard graduate became a member of the International Olympic Committee as an athlete representative last year.
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