Dynamiters star Brock Palmer headed to University of Las Vegas Rebels

One of the stars of the Kimberley Dynamiters is moving on to the American Collegiate Hockey Association next season, as Brock Palmer announces his commitment to the University of Las Vegas Rebels (UNLV).

Palmer had an incredible season with the Dynamiters this past year. He was named player of the month in February, just before their season met an untimely end due to COVID-19. He also won League and Division MVP awards and was a leading scorer for both league and division.

After three seasons with the Dynamiters, Palmer is their highest scorer of all time, with 237 points comprised of 102 goals and 135 assists.

Palmer said he was in talks with UNLV as early as Christmas time last year. He had initially intended to go to U of L but then decided on UNLV, where he will head later this summer.

“I honestly don’t know too much at this point,” Palmer said with a laugh. “I’m taking a history of rock and roll class to get a head start on the school year just to get some extra credit.

“Probably a little bit of both, it’s going to be pretty crazy moving to Vegas and I don’t think I’ve wrote an essay for probably three years so it’s going to be interesting going to school there as well. I’m kind of nervous for it, I don’t know how the schooling’s going to be down there, I haven’t been to school in a while so I don’t know how I’m going to do but I’m looking forward to it.”

Looking back on his time in this city, Palmer said the thing he will remember most is the atmosphere of Kimberley, its rink and its fans.

“I don’t know if you can top that going to any other place or any other program,” he said. “So definitely I’m going to miss that about Kimberley. I mean, winning the championship my first year too, you can’t forget that. Those things are pretty special.”

This year, it’s hard not to think the Dynamiters were set to take it all the way and clinch the championships. They were the leading team in the league, and were on track to get Palmer’s second championship, but unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to the playoffs.

“It’s definitely sad,” Palmer said. “And I mean in my last year in Kimberley, not knowing that it was going to be my last game in a Dynamiters jersey kind of sucks, but it sucks for a lot of people so can’t really take it too hard.

“It’s too bad because we had a pretty good team going into it. I think we had a pretty good chance. I think our record was 17-1-1 against the remaining teams that were left in the playoffs. We had a good team so it was sad definitely.”

It was also announced that Jack Verstraet has signed with UNLV and will be joining Palmer in the upcoming season.

In other Dynamiters news, it announced that 2001 forward Tyler Russell will return to the Nitros, coming from the Osoyoos Coyotes.

READ MORE: Kimberley Dynamiters are KIJHL regular season champions again

READ MORE: Palmer caps brilliant season with Dynamiter Player of the Month for February



paul.rodgers@kimberleybulletin

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

New tee pads installed at Wycliffe Disc Golf Course, new course built near Radium

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the East Kootenay Disc Golf Club… Continue reading

Kimberley paramedics share experiences working during COVID

Paramedics are among those workers who were unable to work from home… Continue reading

Ktunaxa elder leaves legacy of courage, resilience and mentorship

Herman Alpine helped Ktunaxa move on from Residential School era, was key in revitalization of language

Work set to begin on passing lane near Jaffray

The province says work will soon begin on a westbound passing lane… Continue reading

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Conservation officers relocate Spirit bear known to roam northwestern B.C.

Bear roamed valley north of Terrace for many years

B.C. premier applauds call to decriminalize drug possession

Police shouldn’t struggle with health issues, Horgan says

Most Read