Joe Palmer

#35 - Ohio State University


What’s your favorite pre-game drill?
I like a three-on-two flow drill.

How do you mentally prepare for the game?
Usually I like to take a pre-game nap and get ready in the locker room by taping my stick.

What kind of food do you eat before a game?
Pasta and chicken, and a little bit of salad.

How do you unwind after a big game?
I usually get in a cold tub, ride the bike for a while, get something to eat and relax.

Main Event

When did you start playing hockey?
I was 8 years old when I started.

Who was your first coach?
Mark Miller from Whitestown (N.Y.) Youth Hockey

Who was your favorite coach growing up?
John Hynes of the National Team Development Program

What other sports did you play growing up?
I played baseball, football, track & field in high school, and now I play golf.

How important is it to play other sports
I think it’s especially important when you are young, learning fundamentals of so many other things. Becoming more athletic and well rounded helps you in the long run, no matter what you are doing.

What advice do you have for young players?
Always work hard and always compete no matter if it’s in a game or in a practice.

Do you think about playing for Team USA in Vancouver?
That would be unbelievable. The U.S. has a lot of really talented young goaltenders coming up with guys like Ryan Miller and Al Montoya. Being in Vancouver in 2010, that would be quite the accomplishment.

Who’s the toughest player to play against? Why?
Pat Kane. He’s so patient with the puck. He’s got unbelievable skill.


In the Bag

Skates: Bauer
Stick: Bauer
Helmet: Itech
Gloves: Eagle

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