Foote, Russo Help Utica Comets to Best Start in AHL History

UTICA, NY – The Utica Comets entered the Adirondack Bank Center with a chance to make history should they win their 12th straight game but standing in their way were the 2019 Calder Cup Champion Charlotte Checkers. Despite going down early in the contest, the Comets managed to have a second period explosion of goals and rewrote the history books with a 4-1 victory.

The Checkers jumped out to an early lead in the first period, scoring less than two minutes into the game. Checkers forward Max McCormick was in the right place at the right time as he redirected a point shot past Comets’ goaltender Nico Daws. Both teams traded chances for the remainder of the period, but neither were able to find the back of the net. The Comets registered 10 shots on net, compared to eight from the Checkers.

Chicago Hockey Charity Classic focuses on inclusiveness with Compher, Russo, Coyne and Sparks as headliners

CHICAGO, IL – Several NHL players participated Sunday in the third annual Chicago Hockey Charity Classic: J.T. Compher, Ryan Hartman, Brandon Pirri, Garret Sparks.

The event, held at the Blackhawks’ Fifth Third Arena, raised about $40,000 for Special Olympics Chicago.

‘‘Special Olympics is all about inclusion and allowing everyone an opportunity to participate in sport, no matter what the game is,’’ Coyne Schofield said. ‘‘Today’s game embodied that, whether it was women’s players, sled players [or] NHL players.’’

Coyne Schofield’s team, which also featured Hartman, Sparks and 1970s and ’80s Blackhawks mainstay Grant Mulvey, battled Josh Pauls’ team, which also featured Compher, Pirri, former Hawks defenseman Adam Clendening and NHL agent/Special Olympics chairman Kevin Magnuson as players and Panthers general manager Dale Tallon as coach, to a 6-6 tie over two periods.

Coyotes Sign Russo To One-Year Contract

TUCSON, AZ – Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Robbie Russo to a one-year, two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 26-year-old Russo finished third on the Roadrunners in scoring and led all team defensemen with 6-33-39 and 32 PIM in 67 games this season. The 6-foot, 198-pound native of Westmont, Illinois has recorded 27-115-142 and 192 PIM in 271 career AHL games with Grand Rapids and Tucson. He also won the 2017 Calder Cup with Grand Rapids.

Arizona Coyotes Acquire Robbie Russo from Detroit

GLENDALE, ARIZONA –  Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations & General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Robbie Russo from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2019 conditional seventh round draft choice.

The 6-foot, 192-pound Russo registered 9-23-32 and 81 penalty minutes (PIM) in 75 games with Grand Rapids (AHL) in 2017-18. The 25-year-old native of Westmont, IL has recorded 21-82-103 and 160 PIM in 204 career games with the Griffins. He has also skated in 19 career games with the Detroit Red Wings.

Russo was originally drafted by the Islanders in the fourth round (95th overall) in the 2011 Entry Draft.

Russo Named as 2017 AHL All-Star Classic Participant

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Hockey League announced on Thursday that Grand Rapids Griffins forward Matt Lorito and defenseman Robbie Russo have been selected to play for the Central Division All-Star Team at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, to be held Jan. 29-30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.
Each of the AHL’s four divisions will be represented by 12 players. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 30 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star.
Lorito and Russo will join head coach Todd Nelson at the event, as Nelson earned the honor to coach the Central Division by virtue of Grand Rapids owning the division’s best record as of Dec. 31.