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Robbie Russo

Position: D
Date of Birth: 02/15/1993
Height: 6' 0"   Weight: 196 lbs
Shoots: R
Birthplace: Westmont, Illinois
Drafted: New York's 4th choice, 95th overall, in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
Last Amateur Team: 2014-15 Notre Dame (H-East)



Third season as a Griffin…Third year pro…Signed to a two-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 8/16/15…Assigned by Detroit, 10/4/15…Assigned by Detroit, 10/8/16…Recalled by Detroit, 3/5/17…Assigned by Detroit, 4/10/17…Re-signed to a two-year contract by Detroit, 9/6/17...Assigned by Detroit, 9/30/17. 

Career Highlights: Won the 2017 Calder Cup with Grand Rapids…Became the 161st Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he debuted with Detroit, 3/17/17 at TOR…Only player in Griffins franchise history to be named to a year-end All-Star Team, an All-Rookie Team and an All-Star Classic…Became the first player in Griffins franchise history to earn both All-Rookie and All-Star Team accolades in the same season after he was named to the 2016 AHL Second All-Star Team…Led the AHL with a plus-40 rating in 2015-16, which also placed second on the franchise’s all-time list…Led all Griffins defensemen in scoring with 39 points as a rookie in 2015-16…Captain at Notre Dame as a senior in 2014-15 and ranked second on the Irish with 41 points…Helped Notre Dame win the 2013 CCHA Championship…Captained Team USA and earned a gold medal at the 2011 18U World Junior Championship. 

2016-17: Played in 58 games with the Griffins and ranked second among team defensemen in scoring with 32 points (7-25—3Russo2016.jpg2)…Tied for second on the team with a plus-15 rating…Added seven points (0-7—7) and 22 PIM in 19 postseason games, helping Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup… Named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic and helped the Central Division win the all-star challenge…Became the 161st Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL when he debuted with Detroit, 3/17/17 at TOR…Skated in 19 games with the Red Wings and averaged 16:04 of ice time while showing a plus-two rating, two PIM and 18 shots…Logged a season-high five-game point streak (0-6—6) with the Griffins, 11/16/16-11/26/16…Totaled seven multi-point games…Posted a career-high 15 PIM to go along with a pair of assists, 1/13/17 at MIL. 2015-16: In his rookie campaign, led all Griffins defensemen in scoring with 39 points (5-34—39) in 71 games…Became the first player in the franchise’s history to earn both All-Rookie and All-Star Team accolades in the same season after being named to the AHL Second All-Star Team…Became the 16th player in team history – and fourth defenseman – selected to a year-end All-Star team…His 39 points tied for 19th among AHL rookies overall, fourth among rookie defensemen and 16th among all defensemen…Led the league with a plus-40 rating which also placed second on the Griffins single-season all-time chart…Recorded two penalty minutes in his AHL debut, 10/9/15 at BAK…Tallied his first professional point on an assist, 11/6/15 vs. RFD…Scored his first pro goal in game-winning fashion and tacked on a pair of assists (1-2—3), 11/18/15…Posted a seven-game point streak, logging at least one assist in each of those contests (1-8—9), 12/5/15-12/19/15…Picked up a goal, assist (1-1—2) and a career-high six shots, 12/16/15 at LE…Delivered the primary assist on Joel Chouinard’s game-winning goal, 2/13/16 at IA…Strung together a four-game point streak (2-5—7), 2/23/16-2/28/16…Responsible for the game-winning marker, 2/27/16 vs. IA…Named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week after recording two goals, five assists (2-5—7), and a plus-eight rating as Grand Rapids finished the week with a perfect 4-0 record, 2/29/16…Dished out three assists in the second period, 3/4/16 at CHA, which set a franchise record for assists in a period by a defenseman while tying the overall record for assists in a period…Posted a career-high four points (1-3—4) two games later, 3/11/16 vs. MB…Skated in nine Calder Cup Playoff contests and tallied five points (1-4—5)…His five points tied for second-most among rookie defensemen in the AHL, tied for 12th among rookies overall and tied for seventh among all defensemen…Scored his first postseason point on an assist in Game 3 of the Central Division Semifinals, 4/26/16 vs. MIL…Potted the game-tying goal, his first of the postseason, as Grand Rapids rallied back from a 4-1 deficit in Game 4 of the Central Division Finals, 5/10/16 vs. LE. 2014-15: Served as the captain of Notre Dame and ranked second among team scorers with 41 points (15-26—41), while registering 20 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating…Finished one point behind Mike Reilly for the scoring lead among collegiate defensemen…Possessed the national lead for goals among defensemen with 15…Named to the NCAA (East) Second All-American Team…Named to the NCAA (H-East) First All-Star Team…Potted a goal and an assist, including the game-winner, versus Lake Superior State to kick off a five-game point streak, 10/17/14…Garnered three goals and five assists along a five-game point streak, 10/17/14-10/31/14…Turned out three assists in a 7-5 victory at Massachusetts, 12/5/14…Recorded a hat trick in a 6-1 win at Connecticut, 1/18/15…Finished the season with a two-goal, two-assist performance at UMass Lowell, 3/15/15. 2013-14: Ranked third among Notre Dame blueliners with 15 points (4-11—15) after appearing in just 21 games…Began the season by notching a shorthanded goal in a 4-0 shutout victory, 10/11/13 vs. WMU…Posted back-to-back two-assist games, 10/20/13-10/25/13…Logged one goal and two assists, versus Alabama Huntsville, 11/29/13. 2012-13: Led all Notre Dame defensemen in scoring with 23 points (5-18—23) in 41 regular season games…Helped lead the Fighting Irish to a CCHA championship…Registered two goals and nine assists along an eight-game point streak, 11/15/12-12/8/12. 2011-12: Ranked second among Notre Dame defensemen in his freshman season with the team, recording 15 points (4-11—15) in 40 games…Was a teammate of current Detroit Red Wing and former Griffin Riley Sheahan…Named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. 2010-11: Recorded six assists in 24 games as a member of the U.S. National Development Team, eventually winning an U18 World Junior Championship gold medal…Named as an U18 WJC Top-Three Player on his team. 2009-10: Garnered 20 points (3-17—20) and 36 PIM in 34 games with the U.S. National Under-17 Team…Won an U17 WHC gold medal with the United States.

Personal: Lives in Westmont, Ill….Earned a degree in sociology from Notre Dame…Has an older sister, Renee, and a younger sister, Olivia…Best friend in hockey is Vince Hinostroza…Greatest hockey memory is winning the 2017 Calder Cup…First started playing hockey as the age of three as a defenseman…Hockey nickname is Roos…Chose his jersey number because of Niklas Lidstrom, his hockey idol as a youth…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his parents because they did so much for him…Plans to work in upper management after his playing career ends…First job was working at a wholesale meat distributor…Proudest achievement is graduating college…Supports ALS charities…The most exciting place he’s ever visited is Cancun, Mexico…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a starting pitcher in the MLB…Also played baseball growing up…Once met Rudy Ruettiger…Favorite quote is by Jeff Blashill: “Everybody works hard the first day”…Favorite food is pasta…Favorite music artist is Taylor Swift…Favorite movie is Gladiator…Favorite television show is Westworld…Favorite website is…Favorite vacation spot is Mexico…Favorite college team is Notre Dame…Least favorite college team is Maine…Favorite sport to watch other than hockey is baseball.


Games Played: 71, 2015-16 Assist Streak: 7, 12/5/15-12/19/15
Goals: 7, 2016-17 Point Streak: 7, 12/5/15-12/19/15
Assists: 34, 2015-16 Goals, Game: 1, 12 times (MR: 3/3/17 GR at SA)
Points: 39, 2015-16 Assists, Game: 3, twice (MR: 3/11/16 GR vs. MB)
PIM: 42, 2015-16 Points, Game: 4, 3/11/16 GR vs. MB
Goal Streak: 2, 2/27/16-2/28/16 PIM, Game: 15, 1/13/17 GR at MIL
AHL Game: 10/9/15 GR at BAK NHL Game: 3/7/17 DET at TOR
AHL Point: 11/6/15 GR vs. RFD (assist) NHL Point: N/A
AHL Goal: 11/18/15 GR vs. RFD (Michael Leighton) NHL Goal: N/A


Career Stats


      Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
2009-10 U.S. NTDP U17 USHL 34 3 17 20 36 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11 U.S. NTDP U18 USHL 24 0 6 6 11 -- -- -- -- --
2011-12 Notre Dame CCHA 40 4 11 15 14 -- -- -- -- --
2012-13 Notre Dame CCHA 41 5 18 23 40 -- -- -- -- --
2013-14 Notre Dame H-East 21 4 11 15 8 -- -- -- -- --
2014-15 Notre Dame H-East 40 15 26 41 20 -- -- -- -- --
2015-16 Grand Rapids AHL 71 5 34 39 42 9 1 4 5 9
2016-17 Grand Rapids AHL 58 7 25 32 37 19 0 7 7 22
  Detroit NHL 19 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
  NHL TOTALS   19 0 0 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
  GRIFFINS/AHL TOTALS   129 12 59 71 79 28 1 11 12 31
  PRO TOTALS   148 12 59 71 81 28 1 11 12 31



# Name POS
30 Tom McCollum G
31 Jared Coreau G
34 Justin Fazio G


# Name POS
2 Joe Hicketts D
4 Libor Sulak D
5 Robbie Russo D
9 Vili Saarijarvi D
13 Filip Hronek D
17 Marcus Crawford D
18 Brian Lashoff D
20 Dan Renouf D
44 Dennis Cholowski D
52 Dylan McIlrath D


# Name POS
10 Ben Street C
15 Turner Elson C/LW
19 Luke Esposito C/LW
23 Dominic Turgeon C
25 Axel Holmstrom C/LW
26 Eric Tangradi LW
28 Matt Lorito LW
45 Colin Campbell RW
47 Corey Elkins C
55 Matthew Ford RW
65 Dominik Shine RW
73 Matt Puempel RW
77 Evgeny Svechnikov RW