Robbie Victor Russo (born February 15, 1993) is an American ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Russo was drafted by 95th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Russo played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program during the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons. As a member of the USA Under-17 team in 2009–10, Russo recorded seven goals and 24 assists in 52 games. As a member of the USA Under-18 team in 2010–11, Russo served as team captain, where he ranked sixth in team scoring with four goals and 26 assists in 60 games.
In 2011, Russo enrolled at the University of Notre Dame and skated four seasons with the NCAA Division I Fighting Irish men's ice hockey team. During his freshman season, Russo recorded four goals and 11 assists, in 40 games. Among CCHA rookies, Russo was tied for 15th in overall scoring and was the top freshmen defenseman in scoring with 15 points. He recorded his first career collegiate point with an assist on October 8, and recorded his first career collegiate goal on October 28, 2011. Following an outstanding rookie season, he was named to the 2011–12 CCHA All-Rookie Team, and named Notre Dame's rookie of the year.
During his sophomore season, he led Fighting Irish defensemen in scoring with five goals and 18 assists in 41 games, and was second among CCHA defensemen with 23 points. He was named the CCHA Gladiator defensive player of the week for the week ending November 19, 2012, after recording two goals and an assist in a two-game sweep against Michigan. That marked the first time since Feburay 3–4, 1978 that the Irish had won a series at Yost Ice Arena. He helped lead Notre Dame to the 2013 CCHA Tournament championship.
During his junior season, Russo recorded four goals and 11 assists in 21 games, before being declared academically ineligible in January 2014. He was named to the Shillelagh Tournament All-Tournament Team.
During his his senior season, Russo recorded 15 goals and 26 assists in 40 games. His 15 goals was tied for first, along with Joey LaLeggia, among all defenseman in goals scored, while his 41 points was ranked second, one point shy of Mike Reilly for the national league among all defenseman. Russo's 41 points were the most by a Hockey East defenseman since at least the 2000–01 season. Russo was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending December 8, 2014. He was named to the Florida College Hockey Classic All-Tournament Team, after blocking four shots, and posting a +3 plus-minus during the tournament.
On January 18, 2015, Russo recorded the only hat-trick in the nation by a defenseman, becoming the first Notre Dame defenseman to do so since Frank O'Brien on February 20, 1988. Russo was named the Hockey East Player of the Week for the week ending January 19, 2015. On February 12, 2015, he was named a team captain. Following an outstanding senior season, Russo was named to the 2014–15 Hockey East First All-Star Team, the East Second-Team All-American, and CCM Hockey All-American. Russo became the fifth Notre Dame defenseman to earn All-America honors and the first since Ian Cole in 2009.
On August 16, 2015, Russo signed a two-year entry level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
Russo represented the United States at the 2011 IIHF U18 Championships, where he was captain, and help led his team to a gold medal. He recorded one goal and seven assists in six games, including setting up the overtime game-winning goal in the gold medal game against Sweden. He was named one of Team USA's top three players of the tournament.