22 Matt Palmer
22 Matt Palmer
Height: 5-11
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
High School: Billings Bulls
Position: D
A smart defenseman, Palmer enters the season as the Bears' most experienced defenseman. He has played in 71 career games, 32 more than the next highest total. He will look to lead what will be a young defensive corps and continue to contribute on the Bears' penalty kill.

2007-2008: Played in 30 games, missing the first of the season ... Spent most of the season partnered with Sean Hurley '08 on either the first or second pairing ... Tallied two assists, both against ECAC Hockey opponents ... Posted an assist in 2-2 tie with #17 Rensselaer ... Earned an assist in Brown's 5-4 victory at Dartmouth ... One of 21 Bears named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.

2006-2007: Played in 29 of 32 games, earning 12 starts ... Tallied the first two points of his career with one assist in each of Brown's final two games of the year ... Tallied an assist in game two at Princeton and then another the next night in game three ... One of 20 Bears named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.

2005-2006: Dressed in 12 games, including the first six of the season, as a rookie and picked up six penalty minutes.

Before Brown: Played hockey at Robert Service High School from 1998-2002, before starting junior hockey in 2002 ... While in high school, Palmer helped to lead the team to a region and state championship in 2002, earning First Team All-Region honors and Second Team All-State recognition ... Finished with 3-9-12 numbers in 27 games ... Team finished as Region and State Runners-Up in 2001 ... Also played youth hockey with the SCAHA Midget AA Wolves (1998-2000) and with the SCAHA Midget AAA Wolves (2000-2002) ... Was a captain for the Pacific Region Runners-Up Wolves in 2002, compiling 5-9-14 numbers in 34 games ... Served as an assistant captain in 2001 and was a member of the Pacific District Team at the Select-17 Festival in 2001 ... Started his junior career with the Cleveland Barons, where he amassed 2-2-4 numbers in 19 games ... Moved onto the Springfield Junior Blues in the same year, playing in 13 games ... Went to play for the Billings Bulls at the end of the 2002-2003 season, where he played in 34 games, including six in the playoffs ... Bulls took regular season championship, finishing as the Borne Cup Runners-Up and in third place at the Junior A Nationals ... An assistant captain for the Bulls from 2003-2005, he played in 63 games, including eight in the playoffs in 2003-2004, totaling nine assists and 89 Penalty Minutes ... Helped to lead the Bulls to their second straight Regular Season Championship ... Notched 2-14-16 numbers in 56 games in 2004-2005, including 87 Penalty Minutes ... Named Players' Player and recipient of the 110% Award in 2005.

Personal: Matthew Palmer is the son of Bruce and Judy Palmer of Anchorage, Alaska ... Born in 1984 ... Matt has a sister, Allison, and a brother, Jeff ... Attended Robert Service High School ... Interests: Skiing, Hiking, Fishing ... Major: Engineering.