Don Mills, Ontario
Years Played: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
Rob Palmer, a native of Don Mills, Ontario, played defense for four years, 1974-1977, leading Michigan to the NCAA finals in his senior year. Playing for Coach Dan Farrell, he was the all-time leading scoring defenseman at Michigan with ninety-eight points: eighteen goals and eighty assists. He also holds the records for career games played and consecutive games played at 163. An excellent student at Michigan, he was named the winner of the Carl Isaacson Award as the top student athlete twice, in both his sophomore and senior years.
A fifth round draft choice of the Los Angeles Kings in 1976, he played six seasons in the National Hockey League with Los Angeles and the New Jersey Devils. He closed out his professional career in 1986, playing seventy-three games for Maine in the AHL. Rob Palmer earned the unsung hero award with the Los Angeles Kings in 1979 and had the top plus/minus percentage among defensemen in the NHL. He played 320 career professional games, scoring nine goals and 101 assists. He only had fifty-three penalties as a professional. He was also the Emery Edge Award winner and the top plus/minus player with the New Jersey Devils in 1983 and was a member of the Calder Cup Championship team in the AHL with Maine in 1984. He earned his BBA degree in 1977. Rob Palmer returned to Michigan for his MBA, at which time he also served as a Graduate Assistant Coach under Red Berenson.
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