Ferris State's 2005-06 MVP Reaping The Rewards For A Productive Season

Greg Rallo
Former Ferris State standout Greg Rallo has continued his productivity from college to the professional ranks.(Photo courtesy of the Idaho Steelheads)
Former Ferris State University men's ice hockey forward Greg Rallo was recently called up to the Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) and hopes to make his AHL debut this Saturday (Feb. 3) evening against the Milwaukee Admirals at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rallo, who played at Ferris State from 2002-06, had appeared in 37 games this season for the Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) prior to joining Iowa which is the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Dallas Stars. He currently ranks fifth in team scoring and 72nd among the ECHL's top points leaders with 31 points on 13 goals with 18 assists while totaling 43 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 195-pound center also has registered three power-play goals and two short-handed tallies for the Steelheads to date this campaign.

Rallo made his professional debut on March 24, 2006 with Idaho and attended the Iowa Stars' training camp prior to the start of the 2006-07 season.

Greg Rallo
Greg Rallo hopes to make his AHL debut with the Iowa Stars this Saturday (Feb. 3) at home. (Photo courtesy of the Idaho Steelheads)
As a result of his productivity this season, Rallo received a roster spot on the National Conference Team for the 2007 Rbk Hockey ECHL All-Star Game which was held at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. Former Ferris State skater Derek Nesbitt (2001-05) was a teammate of Rallo's at Idaho.

Rallo was selected as Ferris State's Most Valuable Player following the 2005-06 season in which he led the Bulldogs in almost every offensive category. The recipient of Lloyd Earl Trophy as Ferris' top points getter with a career season-high 39 points on 17 goals and 22 assists in 40 contests a season ago, Rallo scored nine power-play goals, three short-handed lamplighters and chalked up a team-leading 11 multiple-point game performances. He was recognized twice last season (Nov. 14 and Nov. 28) as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's (CCHA) Offensive Player of the Week. Rallo also was chosen as the Bulldogs' 2005-06 CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a co-winner of the team's Blue Line Competitive Award.

The four-year FSU letterwinner concluded his career with 108 points on 46 goals and 62 assists to go with a plus five efficiency rating. He also amassed 27 multiple-point games and seven game-winning lamplighters in his collegiate career. The 2003-04 CCHA All-Academic Special Mention honoree currently ranks 29th among the program's all-time leaders in points and is tied for 25th in goal scoring.

Rallo along with Nesbitt were members of the Bulldogs' 2002-03 team which registered a school-record 31-10-1 overall mark while capturing the program's first-ever CCHA Regular-Season Championship title and advancing to the Elite Eight of the 2003 NCAA Division I Championship Tournament, also a first for the Bulldog men's ice hockey program.

Rallo, who hails from Gurnee, Ill., was recognized as the 2001-02 USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year and played two seasons (2000-01 and 2001-02) in the junior ranks for the Springfield (Ill.) Jr. Blues of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

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