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John Russo

Golden Rules for Defensemen

01/26/2022, 11:15am CST
By John Russo

Russo: Face-Off Basics

12/23/2021, 9:00am CST
By John Russo

Consistently winning draws can be the difference in winning or losing a game

Russo: Critical Coaching Activities

11/12/2021, 10:45am CST
By John Russo

Russo's Coach's Corner: Coaching Goaltenders

07/21/2020, 1:45pm CDT
By Rob Little

Golden Rules for Forwards

01/03/2020, 3:30pm CST
By John Russo


Whole team offense

03/26/2019, 11:45am CDT
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Team offense should get everybody into the offensive action – even the goaltenders.

Whole team defense scenarios

03/21/2019, 10:45am CDT
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Every player is responsible for defense, not just defensemen and goaltenders.

Pitfalls for young coaches

03/12/2019, 9:30am CDT
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

Now is a good time to take stock of performance as a coach and to make a written list for improvements next season.

Teaching Mites and Squirts

02/26/2019, 10:45am CST
By John Russo, Let's Play Hockey Columnist

There are a number of actions that should guide all on-ice activities with Mites & Squirts

In nearly 20 years as a high school coach, Russo is recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in high school hockey. He has been a member of five state tournament coaching staffs and in 2012 earned his third Section Assistant Coach of the Year award.

He has served as a head coach in the highly-regarded Upper Midwest High School Elite League and has been a part of the coaching staffs at Blake School, Orono High School and Minnetonka High School, along with three seasons as an assistant coach at Gustavus Adolphus College.

In 2015 he was named the chairman of the Hobey Baker Committee, tasked with choosing college hockey's top player.