Angela Ruggiero: 4 Questions Stemming from Her Retirement

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Angela Ruggiero: 4 Questions Stemming from Her Retirement
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Citing a chronic shoulder injury and her role on the International Olympic Committee, veteran women’s hockey blueliner Angela Ruggiero confirmed a somewhat poorly-kept secret upon declaring an end to her playing career this week.

An active participant in USA Hockey for more than half of her life up to this point and a member of the first four Olympic teams, the 31-year-old Ruggiero leaves an arguably greater void than Cammi Granato did in 2006. By the same token, she has the right portfolio to pilot the effort to fill that set of skates on the ice and to enhance global appreciation for the women’s game.

With more of the same in her off-ice role and a burgeoning generation primed to match and exceed her standards, Ruggiero ought to lend affirmative answers to the following questions.

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