Angela Ruggiero, who grew up in Los Angeles, has frequently been named the best female hockey player in the world. She is a defenseman and a four-time Olympic medalist. Angela was the first woman non-goalie to play professional men's hockey in North America, playing for the Tulsa Oilers alongside her brother, Bill. She also earned a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame as the first brother-sister duo to play pro hockey together. Following successful shoulder surgery at D.I.S.C. Sports and Spine Center, an Official Medical Services Provider of the Olympic Team, Angela is training for her fifth Olympic Games. She currently plays for the Boston Blades.
Angela: I’m a die-hard Kings fan. I grew up literally watching the Kings every day on TV. I could name every team player from about ’88 – ’93, but then I went away to prep school. I had all their hockey cards. Actually Robb Stauber was a goalie there for a few years. I saw him last week. He’s one of our coaches now with the U.S. team. He did a camp and I was like, ‘I watched you in the Stanley Cup Finals!’ Luc Robitaille coached me in my first hockey camp ever when I was a kid when I was 10. I grew up learning from him. Steve Duchesne, Wayne Gretzky, Marty McSorley and Tony Granato – I can name all of them from that era.
I wanted to play for the Kings, actually. That was my goal as a kid. You know, when you’re a little kid…I didn’t know I was a girl and there was any difference. I would say, ‘That’s my goal. I want to play for the Kings!’For more information about D.I.S.C., An Official Sports and Spine Center of the Los Angeles Kings, call 310.574.0400 or log on to www.discmdgroup.com/gokings.