December 30, 2009

Patrick Rissmiller To Play In AHL All-Star Game

WORCESTER, Mass. - Former Holy Cross hockey player and current Grand Rapids Griffins' forward Patrick Rissmiller will participate in the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine on Jan. 19 as a member of the PlanetUSA All-Star Team. This is the second time that he has earned an AHL All-Star selection as he did it in 2006 as a member of the Cleveland Barons.

He is tied for the team lead with 24 points, while he leads the Griffins with 15 assists and is third with nine goals. Grand Rapids is the affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

Rissmiller has played for the San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers. In 180 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, he had 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points. After being recalled from Cleveland on March 15, 2006, Rissmiller went onto tally five goals and four assists in 29 games, including two goals and an assist in the playoffs. Rissmiller scored the first goal of the game in San Jose's 5-4 win over Nashville in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals as the Sharks went on to win the series, 4-1. In 2007-2008, he recorded eight goals and nine assists for 17 points in 79 games. In the 2006-2007 season, Rissmiller scored seven goals and had 15 assists for a career-best 22 points. He has played in 30 career NHL playoff games with three goals and four assists for seven points. 

For the 2008-2009 season, he played for the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack as he had 14 goals and 40 assists for 54 points. He played for the AHL's Cleveland Barons for four seasons as he left the team as its all-time points leader and all-time assists leader, while he was second in goals. In the 2005-2006 season before he was recalled to San Jose, he was second on the team in points with 52 as he posted 15 goals and a team-leading 37 assists.

As a four-year Crusader (1998-02), Rissmiller recorded 53 goals and 90 assists for 143 points in 131 games. He graduated on the top of the school's Division I career records lists with his 143 points and 90 assists. He is currently second on those lists for points and assists, while he is tied for fourth in goals. Also when he graduated he held the Holy Cross Division I career record for power play goals with 20. As a freshman he was a member of Holy Cross' 1999 MAAC championship team as he set the school's Division I single-season record for assists with 28. In his senior season, Rissmiller led the Crusaders in assists (30) and points (46) as he was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and earned first team All-MAAC honors. His 30 assists that season broke his own school record and is still the all-time Division I single-season record at Holy Cross, while his 46 points was the record at the time and is tied for third currently.