#5 Robbie Russo
AS A SENIOR: Named a team captain on Feb. 12 … played in 40 games … ranked second on the team in goals (15), assists (26) and points (41) … his 15 goals tied for the national lead among defensemen and his 41 points ranked second nationally among blue liners … named an AHCA Second Team All-American (East) … became Notre Dame’s fifth All-American defenseman, joining Ian Cole (2009), Benoit Cotnoir (1999), Bill Nyrop (1973) and Jack Brownschidle (1976 and 1977) … a First Team All-Hockey East selection … finished the season with a +13 plus/minus rating to lead the team … had five power-play goals and two game winners … registered 20 penalty minutes and blocked 48 shots … turned in 13 multi-point games … had his first multiple-point game of the season with a goal and an assist in 5-3 win over Lake Superior State (Oct. 17) … scored a pair of goals in the 6-3 win over Niagara (Oct. 24) … posted a career-high three assists in Notre Dame’s 7-5 win at UMass (Dec. 5) … scored two goals against UMass in a 4-0 Notre Dame win (Dec. 6) … Named to the Florida College Hockey Classic All-Tournament Team after posting a +3 plus/minus rating and blocking four shots in games against sixth-ranked Miami and Lake Superior State … scored the only hat trick by a defenseman in the nation when he netted three goals in Notre Dame’s 6-1 win at UConn (Jan. 18) … it marked the first hat trick by a Notre Dame defenseman since Feb. 20, 1988 (Frank O’Brien versus Lake Forest) and the first since the Irish became a full NCAA Div. I program … named the NCAA’s national first star of the week and the Hockey East Player of the Week for his five-point weekend against UConn … had a three assist performances in a 3-2 win at second-ranked Boston University (Feb. 21) and in the longest collegiate hockey game ever played, a 4-3, five overtime loss to UMass in game one of the Hockey East First Round series … scored three goals and added eight assists for 11 points to lead the Irish in playoff scoring … scored two goals and added two assists for a career-high four points in his final game with Notre Dame, a 6-4 loss at UMass Lowell in game three of the Hockey East Quarterfinals … earned the team’s Nyrop Defensive Player of the Year and Monogram Club MVP awards.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 21 games in 2013-14, scoring four goals with 11 assists for 15 points … had one power-play goal and two short-handed tallies … whistled for four penalties, resulting in eight minutes in the sin bin … was +9 on the year … recorded four multi-point games, including a career-best three-point night … got off to a fast start with an unassisted, short-handed goal in season-opening win versus Western Michigan (Oct. 11) … second goal of the year came on the power play in 3-2 win over Michigan Tech (Oct. 18) … turned in back-to-back two-assist nights versus Michigan Tech (Oct. 19) and at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 25) … third goal of the year came in career-best three-point night (1g, 2a) in 5-2 win over Alabama Huntsville (Nov. 29) in Shillelagh Tournament …selected to the all-tournament team at the Shillelagh Tournament … added a goal and an assist in 7-1 win over Alabama Huntsville (Jan. 10) … did not play in any postseason games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: For the second consecutive year, did not miss a game, playing in all 41 contests … was sixth on the team in scoring and led all defensemen with five goals and 18 assists for 23 points … second among CCHA defensemen with 23 points in all games … 18 assists tied him for fourth on roster … tied for fourth with four power-play goals … had two game winners … picked up 12 penalties for 40 minutes and was +6 for the year … had four multi-point games and one contest with two goals … first goal of the year came on the power play and was the game winner in a 4-1 home win versus Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 19) … second goal of the season came via the power play in a 3-2 loss to Western Michigan (Nov. 2) … had a big weekend in Notre Dame’s sweep at Michigan … assisted on the game-winning goal in 3-1 win (Nov. 15) … scored first two-goal game of his career in 4-1 win over the Wolverines (Nov. 16), getting a power-play and game-winning goal … earned CCHA Gladiator defensive player of the week honors for Nov. 19 with two goals and an assist while being +2 with three blocked shots in sweep at Ann Arbor … two games versus Michigan started him on a career-best eight-game point streak (2g, 9a) between Nov. 15 and Dec. 8 … picked up one assist in each game of split at home with North Dakota (Nov. 23-24) … added three more assists in the sweep of Lake Superior State (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) … got helpers on two goals in 3-2 win and added the third assist in 6-1 win in game two of series … posted his second consecutive three-assist weekend in sweep at Michigan State (Dec. 7-8) … had one assist in 3-2 win in Friday night game and added a pair in the 5-1 win on Dec. 8 … streak was snapped on Dec. 15 in 4-1 win at Bowling Green … scored career-high fifth goal of the season (ppg, gwg) in 1-0 win at Michigan State (Jan. 11) … had just seven assists the remainder of the season, including fourth, two-assist game in second game of CCHA quarterfinal win over Bowling Green (March 16) … in five postseason games had two points.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in all 40 games during his rookie season … scored four goals with 11 assists for 15 points … all four goals came on the power play with one being a game winner … had seven penalties for 14 penalty minutes … was -6 for the season … selected to the CCHA all-rookie team and was Notre Dame’s rookie of the year … picked up first point of collegiate career with an assist in 5-3 win at Minnesota Duluth (Oct. 8) … recorded first goal of his career on the power play in the 3-1 win at Bowling Green (Oct. 28) … turned in first multiple-point game (1g, 1a) in 5-4 win at home against Alaska (Nov. 11) … third goal of the year came on the power play in 4-1 win at Lake Superior State (Nov. 25) and was the game winner … had second two-point game of the season in the 5-2 win over Boston University (Dec. 31) … final goal of the season came on Feb. 4 in 3-2 loss to Bowling Green at the Compton Family Ice Arena … played in four postseason games with one assist for one point.
IN THE NHL DRAFT: Selected in the fourth round, 95th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Two-time invitee to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, New York (August 2011 and 2012) … spent two seasons with the U.S. National Developmental Program … as a member of the USA Under-17 team in 2009-10, played in 52 games with seven goals and 24 assists for 31 points with 58 penalty minutes … helped the U.S. to a first-place finish at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Timmins, Ontario … with the Under-18 team in 2010-11, served as team captain and was sixth in team scoring with four goals and 26 assists for 30 points and 27 minutes in penalties … helped the national program to gold medals at the Four Nations, the Five Nations and the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championships … tied for third in scoring at the Four Nations Cup with two goals and four assists for six points … in gold medal game had a goal in regulation and then scored twice in the shootout to defeat Sweden … was fourth in scoring among defensemen with a goal and seven assists for eight points at the Under-18 World Championships, setting up the overtime game-winning goal in the gold medal game against Sweden … was selected by the tournament’s coaches as one of the USA’s top three players … one of 34 USNTDP alums to play for the Irish all-time.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan while playing for the U.S. National Team program … was a teammate of former Irish center T.J. Tynan while members of the Chicago Mission midget program … had 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points for the Mission Midget Major team in 2008-09 … full name is Robbie Victor Russo … son of Rob and Debra Russo … has two sisters, Renee and Olivia … born in Westmont, Illinois … majoring in sociology in the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame … signed national letter of intent in the early-signing period (November 2010) along with Eric Johnson, Andy Ryan and Peter Schneider.