Sunday, August 14, 2011


As a part of Homecoming Weekend, the 27th annual Golden Eagle Athletic Hall of Fame dinner will take place on Saturday, September 17th at 6:30 PM in the ballroom at Seymour College Union.

If interested in attending the ceremony, you must make a reservation by September 7th. Download the form here:

This year Chris Palin, a 1991 graduate of the college, will become only the second hockey player enshrined (the first being the iconic EJ McGuire).

Chris was one of the most dynamic forwards to have ever graced the ice at Tuttle. He is second all-time in goals, assists and points, sporting a 63-81-144 line. He holds the single-season scoring record, having notched 62 points in the 1987-1988 season. In that season he also set the team record for power play goals with 12.

Chris serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Germain Arena in Estoro, Florida and the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. He joined the Everblades staff in August, 2010 after spending 21 seasons with the Rochester Americans Hockey Club of the American Hockey League under the same capacity where he earned the prestigious ‘McKenzie Award” after the 97-98 season for excellence in marketing. In addition, Chris spent 14 seasons with the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League, 12 seasons with the Rochester Rhinos of “A” league soccer, and 10 seasons with the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse where he held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Chris, and his wife Renee have one son; Tyler.

One thing that is quite impressive about Chris’s accomplishments: He holds the record for the fastest goal from the start of a game….not just in Brockport history but in the history of all organized hockey (NCAA and the pros). The goal was netted 5 seconds into the game, the time officially noted in the record books.

But, here’s an LA Times story reporting that it may have been even quicker!…

Fastest Goal in History of Hockey May Have Been Matter of Bad Timing

January 17, 1989|Associated Press

All of a sudden Oswego State hockey Coach Don Unger is a very popular man, and he doesn't like it one bit.

"WNBC has called me, USA Today has called me," Unger said Monday. "I'm being bothered by everybody."

Everybody, it seems, wants to know how it feels to be coach of the team that allowed the fastest goal in hockey history.

It happened in a matchup of New York schools last Wednesday night when Brockport State's Chris Palin scored 3 seconds after the opening faceoff. At least, that's what the clock said in recording a goal 2 seconds faster than the official record in both the college and professional ranks.

"When I looked up, the clock said 19:57," Palin said. "It seemed like the play had taken 4 or 5 seconds, but it said 19:57."

There's only one problem--the official scoresheet signed by referee Jim Zarnick says the goal was scored with 19:55 left.

According to Unger, this is how the play developed: "The puck was dropped and we took the puck forward, that's 110 feet from the goal still."

After Palin gained control, "our forward went through and hit their man as he was skating down the boards, he skated over the blue line, then cut toward the net and took a screen shot through two of our defensemen and scored.

"The puck had to travel backward 15 or 20 feet, then diagonally about 20 feet, then it was passed another 20 feet to the red line. And then he had to skate it about 100 feet."

"They supposedly started the clock late and the people working the scoresheet decided to put down 5 seconds," Brockport sports information director Mike Andriatch said. "The people at the scorer's table should have changed the clock right then.

In case anyone missed it, Unger wants everyone to know the final score was Oswego State 8, Brockport State 5.