Bob Russell
Bob Russell

Bob Russell was considered the best defensive forward in BostonState College ice hockey history and was a member of the legendaryteam that finished a perfect 20-0-0 in 1965-66. An All-New Englandselection in 1967-68, Russell was a rare four-year letterman in anera when freshman didn't see the site of competition, but he playedon the first line of that undefeated team as a freshman and helpedthem to a number one national ranking. Success would follow himagain as he helped the '67-68 squad to the NAIA Final Four and a16-9-1 mark as part of a career that saw his teams compile a59-31-1 record for a .654 winning percentage. Russell is just oneof three players in college hockey history to have been a member offour teams to have won the coveted Codfish Bowl trophy and wasnamed to the All-Tournament team in 1969. The forward tallied 107points on 49 goals and 58 assists in 87 career games for an averageof 1.23 points per game and ranks 10th on the Warriors' all-timepoints list, while being a member of the first line power play andpenalty killing units his entire career. Russell had a knack ofputting the puck in the net when it counted, racking up eightgame-winners to rank third on the Boston State career ladder andhis total of four career hat tricks is also the third-highest markin school history. Russell's playing days didn't end with his 1970graduation from BSC as he spent a pair of five-year stints in theNew England Amateur League and the Southern New England HockeyLeague. He also bestowed his hockey knowledge as an assistant coachfor the Warriors from 1970-73, Lowell High School from 1973-74 andReading High School from 1974-77 and also served as a player/coachfor the East Hartford Canadians, who won a pair of SNHALchampionships. Russell proved to be a great success in the sport ofsoftball as well, enjoying a 15-year career as a player and managerin the American Softball Association with the Medford Hydroniquefrom 1970-85 and pitched in three ASA Regional Championshiptournaments, including a sixth-place showing in 1979. Russell hasalso given his time as a premier fundraiser for ALS AllianceTherapy and The Angel Fund.