Chu, Ruggiero to Serve as Alternate Captains for 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team

Photo of Julie Chu '06-07 courtesy of USA Hockey.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Former Harvard All-Americans and Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners Angela Ruggiero '02-04 and Julie Chu '06-07 were selected as alternate captains for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team, USA Hockey announced Thursday afternoon.  Ruggiero, making her fourth Olympic team, and Chu, a three-time Olympian, will be joined by alternate captain Jenny Potter, while Natalie Darwitz will serve as team captain for Team USA, which is preparing for the 2010 Vancounver Olympics next month.

Ruggiero, who has played more games (244) for Team USA than any other player, has been honored as the world's top defender six times.  In her 244 games with Team USA, Ruggiero has amassed a total of 198 points on 60 goals and 138 assists, second most in U.S. history for a defenseman.  Ruggiero captured the gold medal with Team USA in 1998 at Nagano, the silver in 2002 at Salt Lake City and the bronze in 2006 at Torino. During her career at Harvard, she was a four-time All-American and the winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award, presented to the nation’s top Division I women’s college hockey player, in 2004.

Chu, a forward, earned the silver medal with Team USA at the 2002 Olympics and a bronze at the 2006 games, has scored 55 goals and handed out 195 assists in 185 games with the U.S. National Team.  Chu, who is the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with 284 points on 196 assists and 88 goals, was the recipient of the Patty Kazmaier trophy in 2007. She was also a three-time All-American as a skater with the Crimson.