After three solid seasons as an energetic, two-way forward with the Soo Eagles of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Jake Palmerio is fresh from his freshman term with the Concordia University Falcons of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
Concordia is a Division 3, National Collegiate Athletic Association school that is located on the outskirts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The 22-year old Palmerio, who is a business major at Concordia, saw action in 14 of the Falcons 25 games over the course of the 2018-2019 season. He was one of 14 forwards and one of the youngest players on the Concordia roster.
“I really like the school and the area of Wisconsin,” Palmerio told Hockey News North. “As for the hockey, it is a really good level. And we have a really good coach in Jasen Wise.”
Palmerio netted two goals in the 14 games that he suited up for and expects to play more in 2019-2020 with the graduation of a number of players. He will be one of nine returning forwards for Concordia in 2019-2020.
Known for his character, hard work and relentless approach to the game, the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Palmerio showed improvement in each of his three NOJHL seasons with the aforementioned Soo Eagles.
He went from scoring 11 goals, 5 assists, 16 points in 2015-2016 to putting up 21-25-46 numbers in 2016-2017 and 25-22-47 totals in 2017-2018. Besides skating in 148 regular-season games for the Eagles, Palmerio played in 25 playoff games and netted 10 goals, 6 assists, 16 points.
Prior to playing in the NOJHL, Palmerio starred for the Batchewana Attack of the now-defunct Canadian International Hockey League and before that, left home for a year to play for the erstwhile Nickel City Sons of the Great North Midget Hockey League. He was picked to play for Team NOHA (Northern Ontario Hockey Association) while playing for Nickel City.
Palmerio isn’t the only graduate of the Eagles and the NOJHL to be playing college hockey at Concordia. The other is defenseman Thomas Dyball.
Palmerio is the son of John and Sherrie Palmerio of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
His family advisor is David Maciuk of JDM Sports.
PHOTO: Jake Palmerio taking a faceoff for the Concordia University Falcons.