Former Bulldog Rallo Inks With Florida Panthers

Former Bulldog Greg Rallo skates for the Florida Panthers in his NHL debut (Photos courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter)
Former Bulldog Greg Rallo skates for the Florida Panthers in his NHL debut (Photos courtesy of Eliot J. Schechter)

Big Rapids, Mich. - Former Ferris State University men's ice hockey standout Greg Rallo recently agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the National Hockey League's (NHL) Florida Panthers.

Rallo, who originally inked a one-year, two-way contract with Florida last July, played at Ferris State from 2002-06 and played for the Panthers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, in 2011-12

He ranked tied for third for the Rampage with 22 goals in 2011-12 while adding 20 assists in 72 games. The Gurnee, Ill., native added two assists in four AHL playoff games with the Rampage. The 6-0, 188-pound center made his NHL debut with the Panthers on Dec. 18 versus Carolina in a 3-2 overtime win.

Rallo has skated in 322 career AHL games with the Rampage, the Texas Stars, the Manitoba Moose, the Rockford IceHogs, the Albany River Rats and the Iowa Stars, totaling 78 goals and 85 assists for 163 points. He reached the Calder Cup Finals with the Moose in 2009 and with the Stars in 2010.

Rallo skated during the 2010-11 season with the Texas Stars of the AHL.  He led the Stars with 54 points on a team-leading 26 goals and a squad second-most 28 assists in 78 regular-season contests to go with 10 power-play lamplighters, one short-handed marker, and a plus five efficiency rating.  Rallo, who was invited to the Dallas Stars' training camp last fall, spent two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) skating for Texas prior to this past campaign.  He totaled 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points in 69 outings for the 2009-10 campaign as the Stars competed in the 2010 AHL Calder Cup Playoff Finals.    

Prior to Texas, Rallo played the two previous seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09) with the AHL's Manitoba Moose and has been playing professionally since 2006.  He was a member of the 2007 Idaho Steelheads which claimed the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Kelly Cup.  He was a two-time ECHL All-Star.

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.