BOSTON, Mass. – In a joint statement with the Concussion Legacy Foundation earlier this week, former Harvard women's hockey player Angela Ruggiero, along with two other Olympic athletes, Elana Meyers Taylor and Hayley Wickenheiser, pledged to donate her brain to support CTE and concussion research.
"As a woman, I know a lot of studies skew towards male subjects, so it's important to have more female brains to study," said Ruggiero, "I felt it was important for me to put my foot forward and pledge my brain to help this great cause and to learn more about the effects of sports. If it can help future generations, it's worth it to me. I hope my actions can inspire others to do the same, specifically other athletes and specifically female athletes because any study has to have a balanced representation of both genders."
Ruggiero is arguably one of the greatest female hockey players of all time, and certainly in Harvard Hockey history. She was a member of the 1998 U.S. Olympic gold medal women's ice hockey team and went on to play in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 games. She ranks sixth all-time in career points at Harvard on 96 goals and 157 assists for 253 points and won the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2004. In her four years in Cambridge, she helped the Crimson to a 109-13-5 record. In 2015, she was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, becoming just the fourth woman to receive the honor.