Kansas City Metro
Born in Slovakia where he grew up playing for the National program. As a sixteen-year-old, chose to move to the USA to play junior hockey for the Tri City Storm (USHL). Following his second season in the USA, he was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2009 NHL Draft (5th Round 136th Overall). He earned his spot at the World Junior Championship in Canada (Saskatchewan), where he led team Slovakia as a captain and was also named MVP of the tournament.
After juniors, Illo took the opportunity to accept a full ride scholarship to play NCAA Div. I hockey at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Junior year Rado was named NCAA All-Academic Team. His senior year he led Bemidji State University as one of the captains. He was a reoccurring invitee of many NHL camps during his draft years.
After graduating with 3.4GPA, Illo continued on to play professional hockey, where he competed at the highest level all over the world, but mainly in North America and Europe.
He currently helps young hockey players develop their skills on and off the ice at ‘ILLO Hockey Elite Training’ as well as coaching the bantam AA level in Kansas City.
His experience and love for sports and the game of hockey helps him continue to be a huge factor for athletes and youth hockey players development and training all over the world.