July 18, 2013

Former Ferris State Skater Greg Rallo Agrees To NHL Contract With Florida Panthers

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Another former Ferris State University men's ice hockey player has signed a National Hockey League (NHL) contract this summer as the Florida Panthers recently agreed to terms with center Greg Rallo.

Rallo, 31, has played in 11 NHL games, all with Florida from 2011-13. He scored his first NHL goal this past season on April 2 in Tampa Bay after rejoining the club in late March.  In addition, Rallo also appeared in 66 games with the American Hockey League's (AHL) San Antonio Rampage in 2012-13, ranking first on the club with 23 goals and second in total points (23-17-40).

The 6-1, 195-pound Rallo was originally singed by Florida as a free agent on July 2, 2011, and was signed this year to a one-year, two-way deal.

A Gurnee, Illinois, native, Rallo made his original NHL debut with the Panthers on Dec. 18, 2011 against Carolina, which represented the only contest he had played on hockey's biggest stage prior to this past season's 10-game stint.

This year, he was among three former Bulldog players to skate in the NHL.  Former All-American Chris Kunitz achieved NHL First-Team All-Star status this season with the Pittsburgh Penguins while defenseman Zach Redmond made his NHL debut this year with the Winnipeg Jets and later made a miraculous recovery at the end of the year from a major injury sustained on the ice.

Rallo played at Ferris State from 2002-06. In his professional career to date, Rallo has played in 482 games and registered 275 total points (134-141-275). Overall, Rallo has spent the majority of the last seven seasons in the AHL with Iowa, Albany, Rockford, Manitoba, Texas and San Antonio after originally beginning his professional career in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) with the Idaho Steelheads in 2006.

During his Ferris State career, Rallo compiled 108 career points with 46 goals and 62 assists in 152 contests at the center and wing positions.  He was honored as the 2005-06 team's Most Valuable Player and also earned the program's Lloyd Earl Trophy with a team-leading 39 points on 17 goals and 22 helpers in 40 encounters during that campaign.  

In the 2002-03 season, Rallo was named the recipient of the squad's Rookie of the Year Award as the Bulldogs claimed their first-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Regular-Season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. He concluded his Ferris State career ranked among FSU's top 30 all-time leaders in goals (46), points (108), and assists (62).

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