Doug Palazzari

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Doug Palazzari
Doug Palazzari 1975.jpg
Palazzari in 1975 as a member of the St. Louis Blues.
Born (1952-11-03) November 3, 1952 (age 67)
Eveleth, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for St. Louis Blues
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1974–1982

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.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1970–71 Colorado College NCAA 26 8 17 25 37
1971–72 Colorado College NCAA 32 32 40 72 42
1972–73 Colorado College NCAA 27 24 28 52 32
1973–74 Colorado College NCAA 32 31 48 79 71
1974–75 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 14 17 31 19
1975–76 Providence Bruins AHL 55 19 32 51 72
1976–77 Kansas City Blues CHL 41 18 34 52 31
1976–77 St. Louis Blues NHL 12 1 0 1 0
1977–78 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 70 45 56 101 82
1977–78 St. Louis Blues NHL 3 1 0 1 0
1978–79 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 35 24 32 56 19
1978–79 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 2 3 5 4
1979–80 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 74 48 61 109 62
1980–81 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 27 26 21 47 57
1981–82 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 68 34 41 75 44
1982–83 Villacher SV Austria 4 3 2 5 20
NHL totals 108 18 20 38 23

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1971–72 [1]
AHCA West All-American 1971–72 [2]
All-WCHA First Team 1973–74 [1]
AHCA West All-American 1973–74 [2]
  • CHL First All-Star Team (1978, 1980)
  • Scoring Leader - CHL (1978)
  • Tommy Ivan Trophy (MVP - CHL) (1978, 1980)
  • Phil Esposito Trophy (Scoring Leader - CHL) (1980

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved June 11, 2013.

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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