Defender is Tulsa goalie's sister

TULSA, Okla. -- Defender Angela Ruggiero will become the first woman to play in a Central Hockey League at a position other than goalie, the Tulsa Oilers announced Friday.

Ruggiero, who won the Patty Kazmaier Award last year as the NCAA's top women's hockey player, will play Jan. 28 when the Oilers face Rio Grande Valley.

Ruggiero, who also played in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, is the sister of Tulsa goalie Bill Ruggiero.

"This is one of those unique moments you only get in minor-league hockey," Tulsa coach Butch Kaebel said. "Angela is a great player who has already worked out with the team, so we know what to expect and how to play it out there."

The team plans to donate proceeds from the game's ticket sales to the American Red Cross' tsunami relief efforts.