Doug Palazzari was born November 3, 1952 in Eveleth, Minnesota. A graduate of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Colorado College, Palazzari spent four seasons in Colorado capturing WCHA First Team All-Star honors and NCAA West First Team All-American honors in 1972 and again in 1974.
The son of Aldo Palazzari, Doug represented the U.S. in the 1973 and 1974 World Championships B Pool before signing as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues prior to the 1974-75 season. Palazzari went on to play 73 games with the Blues that season and finished the year with 31 points before spending the entire 1975-76 season with the American Hockey League's Providence Reds.
During the summer of 1976 Palazzari suited up for the U.S. in the Canada Cup before splitting his 1976-77 season with St. Louis and the Central Hockey League's Kansas City Blues.
In 1977-78 Palazzari spent the majority of the season with the CHL's Salt Lake Golden Eagles, leading the team and league in goals (45) assists (56) and points with (101), while capturing CHL First Team All-Star honors and the Tommy Ivan Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player.
Palazzari played in only a handful of games with the Blues during the 1977-78 season and only 20 games the following year before becoming a permanent fixture in the Salt Lake lineup in 1979-80.
In 1979-80 for the second time in his career, Palazzari led both his team and league in goals (48) assists (61) and points (109) while capturing CHL First Team All-Star honors and the Tommy Ivan Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player leading the Eagles to the 1980 CHL Championship.
Palazzari played two more seasons in Salt Lake capturing his second consecutive CHL Championship in 1981 before calling it a career at the end of the 1981-82 season.