Doug Palazzari

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Palazzari in 1975 as a member of the St. Louis Blues.

Douglas John Palazzari (born November 3, 1952 in Eveleth, Minnesota) is a former professional ice hockey player and USA Hockey executive. He is the son of former NHL player Aldo Palazzari. Too small to become a regular in the National Hockey League, Doug Palazzari played a total of 108 games for the St. Louis Blues in 1974–79 but he spent most of his professional career in the minors with the Providence Reds, Kansas City Blues and Salt Lake Golden Eagles where he was a major star. Before turning professional, he was an accomplished player for the Colorado College men's ice hockey team and he also played for the United States national team at the 1973 and 1974 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments. Palazzari was also a member of the United States team at the inaugural 1976 Canada Cup.

Palazzari is perhaps best known for his management work for amateur hockey in the United States after retiring from professional hockey in 1982. He was elected executive director of USA Hockey in 1999 after spending 14 years with the organization in various capabilities. He resigned as director in 2005. Palazzari was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1971–72
AHCA West All-American 1971–72
All-WCHA First Team 1973–74
AHCA West All-American 1973–74

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rob Murray
WCHA Player of the Year
1971–72
Succeeded by
Ron Grahame
Preceded by
Ron Grahame
WCHA Player of the Year
1973–74
Succeeded by
Mike Polich
Tom Ross
Preceded by
Steve West
CHL Leading Scorer
1977–78
Succeeded by
Rick Shinske
Preceded by
Barclay Plager
Winner of the Tommy Ivan Trophy
1977–78
Succeeded by
Ron Low
Preceded by
Rick Shinske
Winner of the Phil Esposito Trophy
1979–80
Succeeded by
Joe Mullen
Preceded by
Ron Low
Winner of the Tommy Ivan Trophy
1979–80
Succeeded by
Joe Mullen