DETROIT – The Red Wings today agreed to terms with defenseman Robbie Russo on a two-year entry-level contract.
Russo captained the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as a senior in 2014-15 and enjoyed a career year, ranking second on the club with 41 points (15-26-41) in 40 games. The 6-foot, 191-lb., defenseman tied for first in the nation in goals by a defenseman and finished one point shy of tying for the lead in points. He was selected to the NCAA East Second All-American Team and the Hockey East First All-Star Team. In 142 career collegiate contests from 2011-15, Russo tallied 94 points (28-66-94) and 82 penalty minutes. The 22-year-old was also a 2012 CCHA All-Rookie Team selection and was a member of the Notre Dame team that won the final CCHA championship in 2013 at Joe Louis Arena. Russo was originally drafted in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2011 NHL draft by the New York Islanders.
Prior to his collegiate career, Russo spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, notching 61 points (11-50-61) and 85 penalty minutes in 112 total games with the program. The Westmont, Illinois, native has also twice captured gold on the international circuit, each time as his team’s top point-producing defenseman. He picked up five points (3-2-5) in six appearances at the 2010 IIHF World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and added eight points (1-7-8) in six games while serving as captain during the United States’ gold-medal run at the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.