NAHL’s Rallo voted USA’s Best

By Ron Valerino

Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL) Greg Rallo was selected as the 2002 USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year. USA Hockey announced last week that Greg Rallo will travel to USA Hockey Head Quarters in Colorado Springs, CO June 8th to be honored at the annual awards banquet. Rallo, the 2001 NAHL Rookie of the Year, will be playing for the Ferris State Bull Dogs next season of the CCHA on a full hockey scholarship.

“It is a tremendous honor for Greg, for the Jr. Blues and for the North American Hockey League” said Jr. Blues Head Coach Nick Pollos. “Greg is as competitive as they come, he wants to be the best he can be all the time, and will do whatever it takes.” said Pollos, who coached Rallo for two years as a midget with the Chicago Flames.

Rallo recently set the all-time goal scoring record for the Jr. Blues and had his jersey #27 retired at the end of this season. Rallo, who hales from Chicago, IL spent the last two season with the Jr. Blues.

“This is a great indication on how good our league is” said Pollos, ” To have the best player in U.S. Junior Hockey playing in your league says a lot.

Greg could have played anywhere in the country after his first year with the Jr. Blues but chose to stay in the NAHL.”

Rallo also stared for the USA Viking Cup Top Prospects Team in Alberta Canada back in January where he was the only American selected to the first team all-star team.