Tyler Palmer

Fernie’s Tyler Palmer, who is the goaltender for Washington’s Everett Silvertips, has been named the Western Hockey League U.S. Division Humanitarian of the Year for the 2023-24 season.

He will be a finalist for the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy, which will be officially announced on Thursday, May 2. The Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the Western Hockey League humanitarian of the year.

Tyler began his hockey career playing in Fernie for the Junior Ghostriders where he stood out as a promising player and great sportsman. His remarkable contributions to the Everett community have left a lasting impact.

One of Tyler ‘s initiatives, the Tyler Palmer Save Drive, benefited the Faith Food Bank in Everett. For every save he made from Thanksgiving through the Christmas break, Palmer donated $2 of his own money. With a total of 223 saves, he personally delivered a $450 donation, which was then matched by local partner Forney Financial for a total donation of $900. This generous contribution enabled the Food Bank to purchase 900 pounds of hamburger meat, providing much-needed support to underprivileged families in the community.

In addition to his work with the Faith Food Bank, Palmer volunteered at Everett Youth Hockey practices, offering guidance and support to young players. His dedication was highlighted by a special visit to young goalie Bentley Garlock-Heuer on his 10th birthday, which left a lasting impression on the young athlete and his family.

Tyler also demonstrated his commitment to the community by visiting Providence Comprehensive Breast Center’s cancer treatment ward, spending time with patients and nurses to offer support and encouragement. Furthermore, he played a significant role in raising funds for the Navy Recruitment District Seattle Officer’s Fund during Tip-a-Tip, showcasing his ability to engage with the community and make a difference.

Tyler has become a beloved figure in Everett, with fans enthusiastically chanting his name and waving palm leaves after his spectacular saves. Throughout his career, he has consistently averaged over 30 saves per game, demonstrating his ability to handle pressure and heavy workloads. As he enters the final stretch of his third WHL season, Palmer is determined to finish strong and transition to the professional hockey scene. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023 Palmer notched his 3,000th career Western Hockey League.

Throughout his final season of WHL hockey, Tyler has shown compassion, generosity, and a genuine desire to make a positive impact in the lives of others. His selfless contributions have made him a true philanthropic leader and a valued member of the Everett team.

Congratulations Tyler, Fernie is proud of you!

Source: Everett Silvertips

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