(Spruce Grove, AB) – General Manager Rob Sklaruk and the Spruce Grove Saints are proud to announce that 2003 born goaltender Tyler Palmer has signed a letter of intent for the 2020-2021 season.
Palmer, a native of Lethbridge Alberta is a member of the Northern Alberta Xtreme Midget Prep team who play in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL).
The 16 - year old back-stopper has appeared in 11 games in the 2019-2020 season with the Xtreme, posting a 3.00 goals against average and an .897 save percentage.
Saints goaltending coach Ian Gordon gave his take on Palmer and what he brings to the table.
“Tyler is a high character person and very talented goalie. He is an athletic goalie with strong instincts in the net and works hard to improve his game. We have been watching him keenly over the course of this season; we are excited for him to join the Saints and I’m looking forward to working with him as we move forward into next season.” Finished Gordon.
Palmer cemented his status as Saints top prospect after spending an extended period of time with his future club when goaltender Matthew Davis was with team Canada West at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Dawson Creek, BC this past December. In 4 games with the Saints, Palmer stood tall with a 1.91 goals against average and a .914 save percentage earning him a record of 2 wins and 1 loss.
General Manager Sklaruk spoke of the teams’ newest recruit.
“Tyler has a maturity to him that extends beyond his age. He is a bright and confident individual which extends onto the ice with his play.” Stated Sklaruk. “Tyler reads and anticipates plays exceptionally well. Even though he has a small sample size in our league we were very impressed with how he elevated his play immediately to match what it takes to be a successful goaltender at our level.”
“We are very pleased to add Tyler to our crease for next season and we look forward to helping him achieve his goals both individually and on a team level.” Sklaruk concluded.
The Saints organization would like to welcome Tyler and his family to the team.
The last celebrity server event takes place Feb. 3rd at Boston Pizza Tri-Village in Spruce Grove. Get your meal served by your favourite Saints players. For $10 per ticket you get a free pizza bread with your meal and 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to NeighborLink Parkland County. Tickets can be purchased at the Saints office up until the event.
Playoff packages are now on sale online or at the Saints office. You can secure your seat for every playoff game at a great discount. Rates can be found online through the Saints website at www.sprucegrovesaints.ca under the ticket tab or by calling 780-960-8326.
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