Anthony Palmer Jr., the St. Maryâ€™s High School (Lynn) hockey teamâ€™s phenomenal freshman goaltender this season, will enroll at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut this fall.
In his first year for the Spartansâ€™ varsity, Palmer, 15, put together a superb season under head coach Mark Lee, posting a 1.4
goals against average and recording five shutouts. He was a Catholic Central League and Daily Item All-Star and the MVP of the Christie Serino Hockey Tournament.
Last summer, Palmer, who is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, caught the eye of prep school and college coaches while excelling at the USA National Development Camp. He is ranked as one of the top goaltenders in his age group in the nation and being projected as a Division 1 college hockey prospect.
Alex Servideo, Anthonyâ€™s mother, said that Avon officials had been in correspondence with her during the past few months, and she and her son visited the private, all-boys boarding school where tuition is $72,000 per year.
â€œWe went and looked at the school and we loved it,â€ said Servideo. â€œThey offered Anthony a spot to play hockey there, and we were excited about the opportunity.â€
Anthony Palmer Jr. is the son of the late Anthony Palmer Sr., unquestionably one of the greatest athletes in Winthrop High School history. Anthony Palmer Sr. is the only two-time recipient of the Daily Item Football Player of the Year Award, helping to lead the Tony Fucillo-coached Vikings to back-to-back appearances in the Super Bowl at Miller Field. Palmer was also an All-Star goaltender and outfielder in the Vikingsâ€™ athletic program. He is an inductee in the Winthrop High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
â€œBig Anthony [Anthony Palmer Sr.] went to all the games he could to support his son,â€ said Alex Servideo. â€œI know that Big Anthony would be as proud of our son as I am.â€