Let me tell you a thing about Buffalo:
- Yesterday it was 50 degrees F
- Today there’s a blizzard
On January 28, 2005 defenseman Angela Ruggiero made history when she became the first non-goalie to play in a men’s professional league game in the United States. Ruggiero played 6:33 for the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL in their game against Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The Oilers won the game 7-2. Ruggiero had an assist and finished the game +2. Ruggiero, who was known for her physical style of play in the women’s game, responded to a check in her third shift by returning the favor and slamming an opposing member into the boards.
"There was definitely a lot of contact, but it was all clean. That’s hockey," she said. "It’s a rough game."
Ruggiero and younger brother Bill also became the first brother-sister combination to play professionally at the same time since Bill was the starting goalie for the Oilers. In the picture above, Angela is clearing the puck in front of Bill.
(Photo: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images)
Julie Chu visits with her niece’s preschool class. (x)My 5-year-old niece Sophia just looked at my medal and said, “This is beautiful!” She was so excited about having watched me on TV. She showed me a book she’d made in kindergarten where she’d written different things she loved, like “I love Mommy,” and “I love Daddy.” A few pages in she had a page that said, “I love U.S.A.” and there was a picture she’d drawn with a hockey player in a U.S. jersey. That just made me smile so much. She turned to me and said, “I want to play on the U.S. team at the Olympics. Do you think we’re going to be on the same team?”