Winthrop Hale "Ding" Palmer, Jr. - Born December 5, 1906 in Summit, New Jersey, USA – Died February 4, 1970 in Madison, Connecticut was an American ice Hockey player.
Palmer graduated from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut in 1926 where he played on the team with fellow Hockey Olympian Johnny Bent. Both Palmer and Bent also played Hockey at Yale University.
Palmer is the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of Yale University Hockey, notching 87 goals from 1928-30.
Palmer also picked up nine assists and ranked no. 4 on the all-time Yale point list with 96. It was freely admitted that assists were not recorded with the same detail as they are now.
Palmer played on varsity squads that lost just six games in three years. In 1927-28, the Bulldogs were 13-4-0, but improved that to 15-1-1 in 1928-29. The 1929-30 team called the “greatest amateur Hockey team in history” by E.S. Bronson, was 17-1-1, and Palmer scored an amazing 41 goals, including seven in one game against New Hampshire.
The teams Palmer played on posted an aggregate record of 45-6-2 during his three years.
After leaving Yale, Palmer played amateur Hockey for several years with the St. Nicholas Hockey Club.
Palmer played on the 1932 United States Olympic Hockey Team which won a silver medal at Lake Placid Olympics, where he played all six matches and scored eight goals.
Palmer was also a member of the Massachusetts Rangers, the United States team that won the 1933 World Ice Hockey Championships in Prague, defeating Canada 2-1 in the final epic game.
The 1933 United States National Hockey Team was the first American team to have won the World’s Championship in ice Hockey.
Winthrop H. "Ding" Palmer was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.