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|1974 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in fifth round
No. 85 overall by Toronto Maple Leafs
January 13, 1954
Height: 5-9 Weight: 155
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Cup: 1973 (Toronto)
Ontario Jr. B Championship: 1972 (Markham)
Trophy (Team Goals Against): 1972-73 (Toronto)
OMJHL All-Star First
Team: 1972-73 (Toronto)
Memorial Cup Wins Leader: 1973 (Toronto) (2 wins)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News
draft preview issue as No. 15 overall prospect and No. 1 goaltender available
in 1974 NHL draft.
| Debut: October 28, 1976 (Toronto at Detroit)|
Numbers: 29 (Toronto); 29 (Washington)
Cup: Never won. Status: Retired October 1984
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Toronto Bickell Cup (MVP): 1978-79
NHL Playoffs Shutouts Leader: 1978 (Toronto) (2 shutouts, tie)
Scouting Career: Worked for NHL Central Scouting during 1999-2000, 2000-01
and 2001-02 seasons. ... Named Toronto amateur scout on June 27, 2002, and
held position into 2002-03 season.
Coaching Career: Named N.Y.
Islanders goaltending coach on Jan. 17, 2001, and remained in that position
until Aug. 22, 2001.
Miscellaneous: Made headlines in Toronto and
became an instant fan favorite when he said "your hunt for a goaltender is
over" to Maple Leafs general manager Jim Gregory upon his call-up to the
parent team in 1976. ... Won his first NHL start, which was also his first NHL
game. ... Missed part of 1979-80 season with ankle injury. ... Went through
contract dispute with Toronto following 1979-80 season. He wanted a three-year
deal, but Toronto would only offer two years and finally traded him. ...
Missed part of 1980-81 season with injured ligaments in ankle. He suffered the
injury in Washington's Feb. 3, 1981, game at Vancouver. Missed parts of
1980-81 season with hamstring, thumb and wrist injuries. ... Set NHL record
(since broken) for assists by a goaltender in one season with eight in
Missed most of 1981-82 season while recovering from right knee surgery performed in
September 1981 as well as arthroscopic right knee surgeries performed on Nov.
30, 1981, and Dec. 21, 1981. ... Missed part of 1982-83 season with bruised
shoulder, an injury suffered in December 1982. ... Missed part of 1983-84 season with pneumonia. ... Missed
end of 1983-84 season with knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery in
February 1984. ... Won arbitration case vs. Toronto for two-year
contract prior to the 1983-84 season.
Palmateer vs. Ballard:
Palmateer came into conflict with Toronto
owner Harold Ballard during the Maple Leafs' 1984 training camp. Ballard had
earlier told the press he
thought Palmateer was too risky to keep based on his 1983-84 performance, but
Palmateer believed he could still play for the Maple Leafs. The situation came
to a head after Palmateer passed his 1984 training camp physical, enabling him
to play out the final season of his contract, which was worth $300,000 for
1984-85. After a shaky performance in a preseason game in which he played for
St. Catharines (AHL) against Toronto (NHL), the Maple Leafs told him he was no
longer wanted and left him unprotected in the 1984 NHL Waiver Draft. Palmateer
said the team had been trying to get rid of him ever since the summer and used
the preseason game as an excuse. The Maple Leafs insisted that Palmateer had
sealed his own fate by refusing to attend a preseason practice earlier in
training camp because he thought extra work would shorten his career. Ballard
vowed Palmateer would never play for his team again. Unable to find another
team, Palmateer was forced to retire.
|Post-Draft Teams: Saginaw (IHL); Oklahoma
City (CHL); Dallas (CHL); St. Catharines (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
WHA Draft Pick: 1974 (by Cincinnati, No. 55 overall in Round 4)
Coaching Career: Named Toronto minor-league goaltending consultant on
June 27, 2002, and held position into 2002-03 season.
Played for Washington team that competed in Sweden's 1980 DN Cup tournament.
... Opened Toronto hamburger restaurant named Palmy's during summer of 1984.
... Played in 1972 Canada-Soviet Summit Series 25th reunion series in 1997
even though he was not in original Summit Series. ... Was forced to give up
coaching in 2001 when his troubled knee began giving him problems again and
required surgery. ... Had his sweater retired by Markham (Ontario Jr. B) as
one of the 14 greatest goaltenders in team history.
Personal: Nicknamed "The Popcorn Kid" because he ate popcorn
before every game. ... Full name is Michael Scott Palmateer.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Toronto traded Palmateer and 1980
third-round pick (Torrie Robertson) to Washington for Robert Picard, Tim Coulis and 1980 second-round pick (Bob McGill) on June 11, 1980.
Toronto got him back when it acquired him for future considerations (an
agreement to pay most of his 1982-83 salary) from Washington on
Sept. 9, 1982.||
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