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Robbie Russo

Position: D
Date of Birth: 02/15/1993
Height: 6' 0"   Weight: 195 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)


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Second season as a Griffin…Second 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.

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 playing for the Griffins…Was a part of Notre Dame’s CCHA Championship team in 2012-13…Proudest accomplishment is playing hockey…Started playing hockey at the age of three as a defenseman…Chose his jersey number because of Niklas Lidstrom, his hockey idol as a youth…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his dad…First job was working in wholesale meats…Greatest personal obstacle he’s overcome is earning his college degree…Supports ALS charities…Once visited the Czech Republic…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a doctor…Also played baseball growing up…Once met Rudy Ruettiger…Favorite music artist is Chainsmokers…Favorite food is pasta…Favorite movie is Chappie…Favorite television show is Game of Thrones…Favorite website is…Favorite book is Of Mice and Men…Enjoys vacationing in Cancun, Mexico…Roots for the University of Notre Dame…Least favorite sports team is the University of Maine…Favorite sport to spectate is baseball.


Games Played: 71, 2015-16 Assist Streak: 7, 12/5/15-12/19/15
Goals: 5, 2015-16 Point Streak: 7, 12/5/15-12/19/15
Assists: 34, 2015-16 Goals, Game: 1, five times (MR: 3/11/16 GR vs. MB)
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: 14, 2/23/16 GR at CHI
AHL Game: 10/9/15 GR at BAK NHL Game: N/A
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
  GRIFFINS/AHL/PRO TOTALS   71 5 34 39 42 9 1 4 5 9



# Name POS
35 Cal Heeter G
40 Eddie Pasquale G


# Name POS
2 Joe Hicketts D
4 Nathan Paetsch D
5 Robbie Russo D
17 Matt Caito D
18 Brian Lashoff D
20 Dan Renouf D
44 Conor Allen D


# Name POS
10 Ben Street C
11 Daniel Cleary LW
15 Mitch Callahan RW
19 Tomas Nosek C
21 Mike Borkowski C
22 Louis-Marc Aubry C
23 Dominic Turgeon C
26 Eric Tangradi LW
27 Martin Frk RW
28 Matt Lorito C
29 Dylan Sadowy RW
32 Drew Miller LW
39 Tyler Bertuzzi LW
45 Colin Campbell RW
51 Kyle Criscuolo C
55 Matthew Ford RW
77 Evgeny Svechnikov RW

Detroit Red Wings

# Name POS
31 Jared Coreau G
14 Nick Jensen D
8 Anthony Mantha LW