Bob Russell
Bob Russell

Bob Russell was considered the best defensive forward in Boston State College ice hockey history and was a member of the legendary team that finished a perfect 20-0-0 in 1965-66. An All-New England selection in 1967-68, Russell was a rare four-year letterman in an era when freshman didn't see the site of competition, but he played on the first line of that undefeated team as a freshman and helped them to a number one national ranking. Success would follow him again as he helped the '67-68 squad to the NAIA Final Four and a 16-9-1 mark as part of a career that saw his teams compile a 59-31-1 record for a .654 winning percentage. Russell is just one of three players in college hockey history to have been a member of four teams to have won the coveted Codfish Bowl trophy and was named to the All-Tournament team in 1969. The forward tallied 107 points on 49 goals and 58 assists in 87 career games for an average of 1.23 points per game and ranks 10th on the Warriors' all-time points list, while being a member of the first line power play and penalty killing units his entire career. Russell had a knack of putting the puck in the net when it counted, racking up eight game-winners to rank third on the Boston State career ladder and his total of four career hat tricks is also the third-highest mark in school history. Russell's playing days didn't end with his 1970 graduation from BSC as he spent a pair of five-year stints in the New England Amateur League and the Southern New England Hockey League. He also bestowed his hockey knowledge as an assistant coach for the Warriors from 1970-73, Lowell High School from 1973-74 and Reading High School from 1974-77 and also served as a player/coach for the East Hartford Canadians, who won a pair of SNHAL championships. Russell proved to be a great success in the sport of softball as well, enjoying a 15-year career as a player and manager in the American Softball Association with the Medford Hydronique from 1970-85 and pitched in three ASA Regional Championship tournaments, including a sixth-place showing in 1979. Russell has also given his time as a premier fundraiser for ALS Alliance Therapy and The Angel Fund.