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Rallo has had three stints with the Texas Stars, reaching the Finals with the club in two of them. As an original Texas Star, Rallo was part of a great line with Aaron Gagnon and Francis Wathier during the regular season and played with Travis Morin often in the playoff run. He went to the Florida Panthers after a few years and got a chance at the NHL, playing 11 games for the Panther but spending most of his time with the San Antonio Rampage. Rallo rejoined Texas in 2014-15 and played for two years here before jumping to Europe. In the DEL, he suffered injury and was limited to 45 games.
He was a rare return from the European ranks when he signed with Texas in 2017. The veteran rule limited his play time in Texas and he did not play a single game in the Calder Cup run.
However, Rallo did act as a third coach for the team, working with the black aces in the secondary practices that would occur after the game group. This is where he picked up tons of hands-on coaching experience and clearly caught the eye of Karl Taylor, who added him to the staff in Milwaukee this week.
Rallo finishes his Texas Stars career with his name all over the leaderboard. He is tied for second place in goals scored with Colton Sceviour. He's seventh in assists, fourth in points and second in power play goals.
Texas will face Karl Taylor and Rallo eight times this coming season as the Stars join the Milwaukee Admirals' division.
On a personal note, I wish Rallo the best of luck in his future endeavors. He was one player who consistently said hello no matter the game outcome or his status in the lineup and recognized the constant presence 100 Degree Hockey has had at the rink since the beginning.