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Breaking the Ice: My Journey to Olympic Hockey, The Ivy League & Beyond Paperback – Bargain Price, October 17, 2005

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As a 1998 gold medalist in women's hockey, one of the NCAA's top scholar-athletes during the 2003–2004 school year and the first female nongoalie to play in a men's professional hockey league in 2005 with the Tulsa Oilers, Ruggiero is in an excellent position to comment on the current state of women's hockey. While she touches on some of the bigger gender-based problems facing women in the predominantly male sport, this is basically a straightforward account of her life from her introduction to hockey at age seven in not-so-hockey-friendly California through her experiences as a scholarship winner and top athlete at Connecticut's Choate Rosemary Hall prep school and later at Harvard to her post-Olympic pursuit of a professional career playing hockey. The best sections are those concerning Ruggiero's pre-prep school career, where she vividly describes proving herself "in a boy's world," including inadvertently breaking a boy's collarbone with a clean hit. Ruggiero's insider look at life in the Olympics is interesting, but the narrative is heavy with clichés. However, her honesty and her ability to capture how her teenage self had to persevere makes this a perfect gift book for preteen and teen female athletes. Photos. (Nov.)
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As truly talented a hockey player as Angela is, it is her genuine humanitarianism that sets her apart. --Katey Stone, Head Coach, Harvard University Women's Ice Hockey

She is a great leader, an awesome teammate, and has become the most dominant player in the world. --Cammi Granato, Team USA, Women's Ice Hockey
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Drummond Publishing Group (October 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597630098
  • ASIN: B00C01GMLI
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,590,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My daughter is a 10 year old girl hockey player and both she and I read the book, she actually did a powerpoint presentation for school on the book. This book is more than just a hockey book but an insiration to all girls about the obstacles Angela overcame in her life. After reading the book myself I am glad to know that my daughter looks up to Angela and wants to be like her, there is NO better role model for a young girl to look up to than Angela. This book is a must for all young girls, no matter what sport or activity they are involved in.
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By Anthony on February 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book talks about some of the early formings of girls/womens hockey in the USA. This is a very good book to read if you are familiar with hockey. Even if you are not involved with hockey you will like this book, because it talks about overcoming the odds and moving up in the ranks.
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I read this book after my 13 year hockey player finished. This is a life lesson book. She is one of the top in her field and like C.Gunn had things to overcome that made them stronger. This book lets girls know these are real people that worked hard, and it is possible to shoot for the stars.
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By mtrep on February 18, 2015
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a true tale of athletic prowess and courage. my grand niece plays hockey so it's great to have a heroine!!
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