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Kings' Nick Nickson, Simi Valley's Angela Ruggiero among Hockey Hall inductees

Kings' Nick Nickson, Simi Valley's Angela Ruggiero among Hockey Hall inductees

They came from different parts of the world but were driven by the same unlikely dream.

Angela Ruggiero of Simi Valley wanted to play for the Kings and wore her hockey gear to her second-grade career day, unwilling to accept her gender would bar her from the game she loved. Sergei Fedorov grew up in Russia at a time when playing in the NHL wasn't an option and had to defect to the United States to shine in the world's best league.

Phil Housley was a skinny little kid in Saint Paul, Minn., but his slick skating led a coach to transform him from a forward to a creative defenseman, changing his life. Elegant Nicklas Lidstrom and rugged Chris Pronger grew up in small towns with...

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