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Born November 3, 1952, in Eveleth, MN
Height: 5'5" Weight: 170 lbs
After a 14-goal season with the St. Louis Blues, center Doug Palazzari joined the Reds in 1975-76, scoring a productive 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points in 52 games while helping the team to a playoff berth. He would spend his next 7 campaigns splitting time with St. Louis and the Salt Lake Golden Eagles, the Blue’s to farm team and Central Hockey League affiliate.
Doug registered 38 points on 18 goals and 20 assists in 108 regular-season games in the NHL, but made his greatest impact while playing for the Golden Eagles. Palazzari was twice honored as the CHL's MVP (1978 and 1980) and was tabbed as the league's all-time Greatest Player by The Hockey News as well.
As a youngster in Eveleth, Palazzari grew up in a hockey-loving family. His father, Aldo, played for the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. Doug went on to star for the Eveleth Golden Bears High School team, and then went on to Colorado College, where he led CC in scoring in both 1972 and 1974, earning All-American and WCHA MVP honors during those same seasons.
Palazzari's international playing experience includes being selected as a member of the 1973 and 1974 U.S. National Teams, and also representing the United States in the inaugural Canada Cup tournament in 1976.
Doug is perhaps best known for his management work for amateur hockey in the United States after retiring as professional player in 1982. He was elected Executive Director of USA Hockey in 1999 after spending 14 years with the organization in various capabilities.
As executive director of USA Hockey, Palazzari directed the day-to-day operations of a National Governing Body that provides programs and services to more than 560,000 ice and in-line hockey players, coaches, officials and volunteers nationwide. He resigned as director in 2005. Doug now serves as Executive Director of the US Hockey Hall of Fame in MN
Palazzari was inducted into both the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.