The Stephen Russell Memorial Tournament

Stephen’s family, in partnership with the ACCHL and Icepack Hockey are pleased to host the season kick-off tournament for the ACCHL. 

This annual event is gearing up to be a showcase for Icecpack Hockey and the talent within the entire league. Teams from all over the east coast will be coming together to celebrate the game of hockey and proudly represent some of the most distinguished colleges in the region.

Stephen Russell was born in Newfoundland, Canada. He stepped on the ice and in the net for the first time at the age of twelve. Stephen was a proud member of the NC State Hockey Club from 2006-2009.  He was passionate and intense about hockey, and as one teammate put it, "he would make the same effort to save the 200th shot in practice as he would in an OT shot in a crucial game."


On July 4, 2009 the Wolfpack lost Stephen. At the time of his death, Stephen was a rising senior at NC State University where he was studying Political Science. As a goaltender for NC State's Hockey team, Stephen loved the spirit of competition, the camaraderie of the team and the game of hockey.


The team retired his jersey in November 2009, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an athlete. His teammates and coaches felt he represented the best of the sport, both on and off the ice. We honor Stephen, and through our remembrance, we celebrate his impact and the game of hockey he loved so much. His legacy will live on in this arena and in this tournament.


We are excited that the ACCHL and the entire league have joined with us this year, and we invite you to come out to UNC-Charlotte this year and watch some of the games.


NC State Hockey relies on the generous support of family, friends, local businesses and alumni for the success of their program and this tournament. If you would like to donate to the Tournament Fund, please use the PayPal donate button below. (Please note: If you do not have to have a PayPal account, you can also use your credit/debit cards)

Jersey Retirement Ceremony