Beating the odds: Jason Zucker

By Peter Knutson
Let’s Play Hockey

The odds of making it into the pros today are well over one in a million. No gambling man from Las Vegas would ever take those odds, except Jason Zucker. He was raised in Las Vegas, where he was one of the few kids playing hockey there. Zucker played for the local youth team where Rob Pallin, a native of Chisholm, Minn., coached him.

Pallin has a long history of hockey. He played for his hometown high school before leaving to go and play in the North American Hockey League. He was one of the first people to forgo their years in high school in order to play juniors.

From there, Pallin went on to play at Minnesota Duluth for two years with Brett Hull and finished up his last two years at Western Michigan. He continued on and played in Europe for eight years before settling down in Las Vegas. Pallin started running the Fiesta Ice Arena where he met Zucker.

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Minnesota Wild rookie has ties to Bemidji area

By Ben Karkela
Bemidji Pioneer

As Jeff Palmer drove from Bemidji to St. Paul eight days ago, he had to pinch himself to make sure everything was real.

Palmer was on his way to see something that would make any parent delighted. He was going to watch his son, Jarod, make his National Hockey League debut Dec. 17, with the Minnesota Wild.

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