Notre Dame Men's Ice Hockey v Miami at Hockey City Classic on 02-17-2013.
Has earned monograms in each of his first two seasons at Notre Dame ... key member of Irish blue line ... talented, offensive-minded defenseman who has become the quarterback of the Notre Dame power play ... has great vision, instincts and offensive skills with the puck ... strong skater who sees the ice ... makes great decisions with the puck ... makes things happen on the ice ... key catalyst in the Irish attack ... has improved all aspects of his game to become a consistent defenseman both on offense and in his own zone ... had a strong second half when he was paired with fellow sophomore Eric Johnson ... plays with poise and great composure on the ice ... can become a dominant collegiate defenseman ... played in all 41 games in 2012-13 and had career highs in goals (5), assists (18) and points (23) while equaling his best with four power-play goals to lead all Irish defensemen in scoring ... for his career, has played in all 81 games with nine goals and 29 assists for 38 points ... eight of his nine goals have come on the power play ... selected to the CCHA all-rookie team and was named Notre Dame's rookie of the year following his freshman season (`11-'12) ... product of the U.S. National Team Developmental Program where he was a teammate of fellow junior Austin Wuthrich ... selected in the fourth round, 95th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders ... went into the draft ranked 55th overall among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's final rankings ... one of eight Illinois natives on the roster, joining seniors Kevin Lind (Homer Glen) and T.J. Tynan (Orland Park), junior Garrett Peterson (Manhattan), sophomores Thomas DiPauli (Woodridge) and Sam Herr (Hinsdale) and freshmen Vince Hinostroza (Manhattan) and Justin Wade (Aurora) ... one of six alums of the U.S. National Team Developmental Program on the Notre Dame roster ... one of 31 USNTDP alums to play for the Irish all-time ... signed national letter-of-intent in the early-signing period (Nov. `10) along with Eric Johnson, Andy Ryan and Peter Schneider.
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.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Two-time invitee to the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. (Aug. 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, Ont. ... 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 Nation, 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.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., while playing for the U.S. National Team program ... was a teammate of current 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, Ill. ... majoring in sociology in the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame.