Rallo Honored as Jr. Blues Scoring King

By Ron Valerino

Springfield Jr. Blues (North American Hockey League) forward, Greg Rallo was
honored before the teams final regular season home game Wednesday night at
the Nelson Center in Springfield, IL. Rallo, who will be attending Ferris
State University (CCHA) on scholarship next season, has set the Jr. Blues
All – Time Goal Scoring Record with 83 goals in two seasons. The Jr. Blues
honored the NAHL’s 2001 Rookie of the Year with an award during a pre game
ceremony before a game against their West Division rivals, the Chicago
Freeze. The Jr. Blues have also retired Rallo’s number 27, never to be worn
again.

“It was something our organization felt needed to be done for Greg”, said
new Jr. Blues Head Coach and GM Nick Pollos. “Greg has meant a great deal to
our club the past two seasons, and we wanted to show him and his family our
appreciation”. Rallo, who is a candidate for the USA Hockey Jr. Player of
the Year award, stared for Team USA at this years Top Prospects Viking Cup
Tournament held in Alberta, Canada. Rallo was selected First Team All Star
at the prestigious Viking Cup Tournament. “Greg has been a tremendous leader
both on and off the ice the past two seasons. He works his tail off to best
the best player he can be and it shows.” says Pollos, “I wont be surprised
to see Rallo playing Pro Hockey some day very soon”.

This is the first number ever to be retired in Springfield Jr. Blues
history.