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#1 Gary Russell - Netminder

Rusty was Coach Grubb’s first signing when he came back to the Sharks at the beginning of the 2008-09 season. We always believed that we would be getting a goaltender that could win games on his own and with his performances he has proved that time after time. He is a born winner and his energy and passion for the game is infectious.

Work commitments dictate that Gary will only be available to play two out of every five weeks but he is a leader both on and off the ice we felt that it was vital that we were able to sign him again even in a reduced capacity.  

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NIHL Moralee Conference Champions, Play-Off Champions
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Player Profile

Number: - #1
Nickname: - Rusty
Date of Birth: - 01-12-89
Place of Birth: - Glasgow
Position: - Goalie
Height: - 5" 10'
Weight: - 11st 0oz
Marital Status: - Single, in a relationship
Children: - None
Former Clubs: - Paisley Pirates , Edinburgh Capitals , Dundee Stars , Ayr, Glasgow & Blackburn Hawks


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Statistics And Honours With The Sharks

Season 2008-09
Played - 45, Minutes - 2522, Shots - 1561, Goals Against - 161, Save Percentage - 89.69%

Season 2009-10
Played - 39, Minutes - 2138, Shots - 1240, Goals Against - 105, Save Percentage - 91.53%

Season 2010-11
Played - 22, Minutes - 1262, Shots - 716, Goals Against - 70, Save Percentage - 90.22%

Season 2011-12
Played - 30, Minutes - 1427, Shots - 722, Goals Against - 42, Save Percentage - 94.18%

Season 2012-13
Played - 34, Minutes - 1940, Shots - 909, Goals Against - 53, Save Percentage - 94.17%

Season 2013-14
Played - 28, Minutes - 1469, Shots - 631, Goals Against - 57, Save Percentage - 90.97%

Total
Played - 198, Minutes - 10,758, Shots - 5779, Goals Against - 488, Save Percentage - 91.56%

 

Gary's time with the Sharks has seen him pick up a string of honours. Gary was the backbone that provided the Sharks with Northern League titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10 adding the Northern League Play-Off title to the list in his second season. Moving into the English league system failed to halt the haul with the ENL (North) D2 title in 2011-12, the NIHL (North) D1 title in 2012-13 & 2013/14 quickly following, together with Northern Cups in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013/14. Last season Gary also added the play-off title to his list of honours.

Gary also played outfield several times in the 2011-12 season, scoring 16pts (9+7) including a historic goal scored at Fylde Flyers on the 28th of January while playing as a netminder!!!!

 

Favorites

Hockey Player: - Dominic Hasek
Ice Rink: - Lagoon Leisure Centre
NHL Team: - Detroit Red Wings
Other Sports: - Football, tennis and golf
Football Team: - Rangers
Colour: - Blue
Actor/Actress: - Will Farrell
Drink: - Irn Bru
Food: - Pizza and pasta
All time sportsperson: -
Herb Brook

 

Influences

What was your best moment in hockey so far? - Winning the Northern League in Fife
What was your worst moment in hockey so far? - Any time I get beat
Who is the toughest player that you've played against? - Scott Plews
What is your most embarrassing moment in hockey? - Standing on snow bananas
Do you have any superstition or pre game routines? - Enjoy myself
What advice would you give to any young players? - Enjoy yourself and try hard
Who would you most like to meet and why? - Ken Holland as I want to be his apprentice
Do you have a role model? - Mum and Dad
Who has helped you most in hockey? - My parents as they took me everywhere
Outside hockey what are your hobbies? - Golf, girlfriend and football
Including yourself pick a dream starting line-up? - Netminder - Me, Defence - Lidstrom, Defence - Leach, Forward - Bure, Forward - Gretzky, Forward
- Howe

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