Angela Ruggiero- Hockey


• Current 2021: CEO-Co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab. Serves on the boards of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), the Harvard Varsity Club, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), Titletown Tech, the NFL Players’ Association One Team Collective, and is an Executive Board Member of World Rugby. Additionally, serves on the IOC’s Digital and Technology Commission, the IOC’s Nomination’s Commission, and the IOC’s Ethics Commission.

• 2017 Inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame

• 2016 Chief Strategy Officer for the Los Angeles 2024/2028 successful Candidature Committee

• 2015 Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

• 2014 Elected Vice-Chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete’s Commission

• 2012 Appointed to IOC Coordination Commission for 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games (2012-2018)

• 2012 IOC Appointed Chairperson, 2016 Youth Olympics Coordination Commission (2012 – 2016)

• 2012 Named to Sports Illustrated list of Top 40 Athletes of the Title IX Era

• 2012 Board Member and President-Elect of Women’s Sports Foundation (2008-2017)

• 2011 Appointed as a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Board (2011 – 2012)

• 2011 Appointed to IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games (2011-2018)

• 2011 – Top 100 Most Influential Twitter Handles in Sports: Angela Ruggiero

• 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada- Silver Medal

• 2010 Elected member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete’s Commission (2010-2018)

• 2010 Appointed to IOC Entourage Commission (2010-2015)

• 2010 Appointed to Board of Directors of United States Olympic Committee (USOC) (2010 – Present)

• 2009 Board Member of the Women’s Sports Foundation (2009 – Present)

• All-Time Leader in Games Played for Team USA (256)

• 2011, 2009, 2008, 2005 U.S. National Hockey Team-World Championship Gold Medal

• 2008, 2003, 2001 Four Nations Cup Gold Medal Team

• U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2009 as part of the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, which won the first gold medal in women’s ice hockey at an Olympic Winter Games

• 2008-2009 Western Women’s Hockey League- League Champions (Minnesota Whitecaps team)

• 2007 77th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award nominee

• 2007 U.S. World Gold Medal Inline Hockey Team

• 2006 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy- Bronze Medal

• 2002 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, USA- Silver Medal

• 1998 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, 1999 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan- Gold Medal

• Helped U.S. capture the gold medal by scoring the tournament-winning goal at 2005 World Champs

• 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 & 2006 World Championship Silver Medal Teams

• Harvard University 1999 National Championship Winning Team


Considered one of the best defenders and most prominent players in women’s hockey history, Angela Ruggiero retired in 2011 after playing more games in a Team USA uniform than any other player (256), winning four World Championships and four Olympic medals (one gold, 2 silver and a bronze).

A four-time Olympic medalist, Ruggiero spent over 15 years as an ice hockey defenseman with Team USA, in addition to her alma mater, Harvard. She competed for the fourth time at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver where she won the silver medal. In 2010 Angela was elected to her first highly regarded position as a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, which serves as a consultative body and is a link between active athletes and the International Olympic Committee. She continues to serve as a member of and has been appointed to several prominent positions on IOC and USOC boards.

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, Billy. Angela and Bill earned a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame as the first brother-sister duo to play pro hockey together.

Angela has created several nonprofit organizations with the goal of exposing the world to her sport & is also involved in a number of volunteer activities worldwide. She graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in history and completed a M.S. in sports management at the Univ. of Minnesota. While completing her appointments on several IOC and USOC executive committees, Angela also successfully obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School.

In December 2011, Angela decided she was finally ready to hang up her skates and head from the locker room to the boardroom, and into the “real” working world. Having had an incredible career with more awards and accolades than almost any other hockey player in the world, Angela has bridged her love for sports and business and is now the CEO and co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab, a technology-powered market research firm empowering industry-leading sports brands to identify the trends, products, and services that will drive the future of sports.

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