Favorite hockey player is Robert Esche because "we have similar styles and he is competitive and always wants to win" ... began playing hockey at age 8 because his best friend played as well ... describes himself as aggressive, competitive and gritty ... would like to coach hockey after his playing career is over ... Favorites: Movie - Super Troopers; Television Show - Family Guy; Television channel - Comedy Central; Musical Group - Dave Matthews Band; Professional Team - Chicago Blackhawks; Professional Athlete - Tom Brady; Vacation Spot - Cape Cod ... favorite sport other than hockey is golf ... played with classmate Kevin Montgomery with the National Team Development Program.
Summer 2006 Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft with the 96th overall pick ... invited to 2006 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp Aug. 5-14 in Lake Placid, N.Y. ... saw action in three games for Team White at the camp, leading all goalies with three wins (3-0) ... allowed four goals and made 44 saves.
Prior to Ohio State Spent two years with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... won gold medals at both the 2005 and 2006 IIHF Under-18 World Championship ... named Team USA Player of the Game in gold-medal winning game vs. Finland in the 2006 World Championship ... played in 47 games for the NTDP Under-18 Team in 2005-06, with a 2.49 goals-against average and .903 save percentage ... in 2004-05, saw action in 25 games for the Under-17 Team and two games for the Under-18 squad, posting a 3.22 goals-against average and .903 save percentage, along with four shutouts ... played for Team USA in Four Nations Cup in 2003-04 and 2004-05 ... involved with the Save of the Day Foundation charity ... also played golf and participated in track and field ... graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School ... attended New York Mills Junior-Senior High School for ninth and 10th grades.
Off the Ice Born Feb. 19, 1988 ... son of Loreen and Joseph Palmer, who both graduated from Cortland State ... has two sisters, Joanna (21) and Stefanie (25) ... family has a dog, Max, and a cat, Wizard ... enjoys playing golf, tennis, ping-pong and cards.
My Gameday - Tim Adams