July 21, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Former University of Notre Dame hockey forward Kyle Palmieri was named to Team USA’s World Cup of Hockey Roster, USA Hockey announced on Wednesday afternoon (July 20).
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will take place from Sept. 17 – Oct. 1 in Toronto and includes the U.S., Canada, Czech Republic, Europe, Finland, North America and Sweden.
In 2015-16, Palmieri played his first season with the New Jersey Devils and racked up career-high totals of 30 goals, 27 assists and 57 points. He was one of just 28 NHL players to reach the 30-goal plateau in 2015-16 and his 57 points led New Jersey in scoring. He signed a five-year contract extension with the Devils (average annual value of $4.650 million) in the summer of 2016.
Prior to joining New Jersey, Palmieri played with Anaheim (2010-15) and he now has 73 goals and 73 assists in 280 NHL games.
Palmieri has a lot of prior Team USA experience, including earning medals at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship (gold), the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship (bronze) and the 2008 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship (bronze). He last skated for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF Men’s World Championship, which was held in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
As a freshman at Notre Dame in 2009-2010, Palmieri scored nine goals and added eight assists for 17 points in 33 games. He was a first round draft choice (26th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2009 NHL Draft.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men’s golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).