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Keith Primeau
Keith Primeau
Center
(PREE moh)
Number: 55
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 24, 1971
Birthplace: Toronto, ON, Canada
Drafted: DET / 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (3rd overall)
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.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89