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DETROIT - Her intention was to put together a hockey guide for girls, but defenseman Angela Ruggiero's foray into writing became something more personal than that.

It turned into an autobiography.

Ruggiero, a nine-year veteran on the U.S. women's hockey team and a two-time Olympic medalist, is promoting her book, "Breaking the Ice." The book chronicles her journey from Simi Valley, Calif., where she learned to play hockey as a child, to her current standing as one of the best female hockey players in the world.

Ruggiero, 25, of Harper Woods, Mich., will sign copies of the book 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Hockeytown Cafe in downtown Detroit.

"It's geared toward adolescent girls, not necessarily a hockey player," Ruggiero said of her book. "I write about the challenges I faced and some of the fun things that hockey has allowed me to do."

Wednesday, Ruggiero went to a Motor City Mechanics practice to watch her brother, Bill Ruggiero, play. Last January, the two became the first brother-sister tandem to play in a professional hockey game in North America when they competed for the Central Hockey League's Tulsa Oilers.

Ruggiero, a Harvard graduate, will leave the Detroit area this weekend to rejoin the U.S. women's hockey team on its pre-Olympic tour before the 2006 Turin Games in February.


(c) 2005, Detroit Free Press. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service.

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