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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
& Northern Cup Winners 2013-14

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Player Profile

Number: - #1
Nickname: - Rusty
Date of Birth: - 01-12-1989
Place of Birth: - Glasgow
Position: - Goalie
Height: - 5ft 10in
Marital Status: - N/A
Former Clubs: - Paisley Pirates , Edinburgh Capitals , Dundee Stars , Ayr, Braehead Clan & Blackburn Hawks

 

 

Owned & Loaned Shirts

Home Owned & Loaned Shirt Sponsored By - Kerr, Cole and Cohen Grubb
Away Owned & Loaned Shirt Sponsored By - Harry and Joe Mac
Gary Russell's Kit Sponsored By - Sponsorship Still Available

 

 

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: - Whitley Bay
NHL Team: - Detroit Red Wings
Colour: - Blue
Drink: - Kopparberg
Food: - Pizza and BBQ chicken
All time sportsperson: -
Scott Bowman

 

 

Influences

What was your best moment in hockey so far? - Winning the Northern League in Fife
Do you have any superstition or pre game routines? - Have some fun playing two touch
What advice would you give to any young players? - Enjoy yourself, play hard and listen to your coach
Who has helped you most in hockey? - My family

 

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