Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Keith Primeau
When Keith Primeau hit the ice for his final year of junior with the Niagara Falls Thunder in 1989-90, he brought his flaming stick along as he finished the year atop the OHL in goals scored and total points.

As part of a talented crop of recruits in 1990, he was selected 3rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Entry Draft that included Jaromir Jagr, Owen Nolan, and Martin Brodeur.

But Primeau's debut with the Red Wings was rocky. Some consider him to have been an underachiever during his six seasons in the Motor City. Others, however, point out that he was often forced to play out of position, as a winger. As a natural centreman, he also had to queue up behind Federov and Yzerman for ice time.

But Primeau stuck with the program, and gradually established himself as a solid, third-line centreman. He was quite happy with his situation until the Wings brought in Igor Larionov, a move that effectively bumped Primeau farther down the centremen's pecking order. For him, the move was unacceptable. He became a holdout until the club traded him to the Hartford Whalers in 1996.

In Harford, Primeau was finally free to become more of a front-line warrior. By the time the Whalers transferred to Carolina, he had established himself as a strong skating giant with soft hands. In more recent years, he has been characterized as one of the league's best forwards who is not necessarily the best at any one thing in particular.

After three seasons in the Hartford/Carolina organization, Primeau was dealt to the Philadelphia Flyres in the summer of 1999. Prior to joining the Flyers, Primeau suited up Canada's Olympic Team at the 1998 Nagano Games. Upon his arrival in Philly, Primeau has fit in nicely, playing the tough, well-balanced brand of hockey that Flyers fans have come to appreciate.

During the 2003-04 season, Primeau was instrumental in leading the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Final, while reaching the 900-game and the 600-point plateau.

Following a lock out year, Primeau suffered a concussion nine games into the 2005-06 NHL regular season which brought his season to an abrubt end. Due to the ongoing post-concussion syndrome, Primeau would officially annouce his retirement from hockey in September of 2006.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Whitby Flyers Minor-ON 65 69 80 149 116
1987-88 Hamilton Kilty B's ON-Jr.B 19 19 17 36 16
1987-88 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 47 6 6 12 69 11 0 2 2 2
1988-89 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 48 20 35 55 56 17 9 16 25 12
1989-90 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 65 57 70 127 97 16 16 17 33 49
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 3 12 15 106 -12 5 1 1 2 25
1990-91 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 6 3 5 8 8
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 35 6 10 16 83 +9 11 0 0 0 14
1991-92 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 42 21 24 45 89 9 1 7 8 27
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 15 17 32 152 -6 7 0 2 2 26
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 31 42 73 173 +34 7 0 2 2 6
1994-95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 15 27 42 99 +17 17 4 5 9 45
1995-96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 27 25 52 168 +19 17 1 4 5 28
1996-97 Canada W-Cup 5 0 0 0 21
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 75 26 25 51 161 -3
1996-97 Canada WC-A 11 3 3 6 14
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 26 37 63 110 +19
1997-98 Canada Olympics 6 2 1 3 4
1997-98 Canada WC-A 6 3 1 4 4
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 30 32 62 75 +8 6 0 3 3 6
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 7 10 17 31 +10 18 2 11 13 13
2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 34 39 73 76 +17 4 0 3 3 8
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 75 19 29 48 128 -3 5 0 0 0 6
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 19 27 46 93 +4 13 1 1 2 14
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 54 7 15 22 80 +11 18 9 7 16 22
2004-05
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 9 1 6 7 6 0
NHL Totals 909 266 353 619 1541 128 18 39 57 213


Brother of Wayne
OHL Second All-Star Team (1990) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1999, 2004)
Traded to Hartford by Detroit with Paul Coffey and Detroit's 1st round choice (Nikos Tselios) in 1997 Entry Draft for Brendan Shanahan and Brian Glynn, October 9, 1996. Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 season after failing to come to contract terms with Carolina. Traded to Philadelphia by Carolina with Carolina's 5th round choice (later traded to NY Islanders - NY Islanders selected Kristofer Ottosson) in 2000 Entry Draft for Rod Brind'Amour, Jean-Marc Pelletier and Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (later traded to Colorado - Colorado selected Agris Saviels) in 2000 Entry Draft, January 23, 2000. Missed majority of 2005-06 due to concussion sufferd in game at Montreal, October 25, 2005. Officially announced retirement, September 14, 2006.