Coming out of junior in 1980 Brad Palmer had the hardest shot known to Western Hockey League goalies. The Victoria Cougars forward scored 45 times during the 1979-80 season. Palmer was drafted in the first round of the NHL draft by the Minnesota North Stars. Big things were expected for the talented Western Canadian.
But something happened on the way to NHL stardom. The goalies were better, the league was faster and it wasn't as easy to get that rocket shot off.
Palmer spent two and a half season in the NHL with the North Stars and Boston Bruins before spending a year in Hershey. Palmer scored 25 goals for the Bears in 1983-84 and averages almost a point a game. However, the season in Hershey proved to be his last in North America. Palmer spent the remainder of the 80's putting up decent numbers in Finland, Germany and Austria.
Today, Palmer is married with three children and resides back in Victoria. He still manages to take a break a couple times a week from his electrical business to lace up the skates.