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My Keith Primeau Page


Name:  Keith David Primeau
Nickname:  Preems
Birthdate:  November 24, 1971
Birthplace:  Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Resides:  Vorhees, New Jersey
Height:  6'5"
Weight:  220 lbs
Parents:  Mike and Peggy
Sibling:  one brother, Wayne - two sister, Michelle and Wendy
Marital Status:  Married to Lisa
Children:  three sons, Corey ('88), Chayse ('96), and Cayden ('00), one daughter, Kylie ('95)
Sweater Number:  25
Position:  Center
Shoot:  Left
Last amateur club:  Niagara Falls Thunders (OHL)
Drafted:  Selected by Detroit Red Wings in the first round (3rd overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Became a Whaler / HurricaneOctober 9, 1996: Traded to the Hartford Whalers with Paul Coffey and a 1st round draft pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings for Brendan Shanahan and Brian Glynn
Became a Flyers:  January 23, 2000: Carolina trade Keith Primeau and a 5th round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft to Philadelphia for Rod Brind'Amour, Jean Marc Pelletier and a 2nd round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft .
Rookie Season:  1990
Contract Status:  active
Contract Ends:  2008
Seasons:  14
Compensation:  $4,250,000.00 USD
Roommate on the road:  Branko Radivojevic
First NHL Game:  October 6, 1990 vs Washington
First NHL Point:  October 10, 1990 vs Calgary
First NHL Goal:  December 11, 1990 vs Buffalo

Nickname is Preems...Trained over the summer in California and Toronto...Favorite book is The Landoliers by Stephen King...Is an avid collector of Mickey Mouse paraphernalia... People Magazine is his favorite magazine...Lists LA Confidential as his all-time favorite movie and The Drew Carey Show as his favorite television show...Lists Australia as a place that he would like to live someday...His favorite moment as a Flyer is scoring the game-winning goal in the fifth overtime period at Pittsburgh during the 2000 NHL Playoffs... Would like to appear on the game show Jeopardy...Lists becoming a father as his greatest accomplishment to date...Greatest hockey memory is watching the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980...Besides playing hockey, he used to play rugby and volleyball...Hidden talent includes playing the trombone...Favorite NHL arena is the HP Pavilion at San Jose...Favorite charity is the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Keith Primeau was drafted third overall in the 1990 Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. That season, he made his NHL debut and then scored his first goal on December 11 against the Sabres. He played 58 games as a rookie and tallied 15 points. In 1991-92, Keith played 35 games and improved to 16 points as the team won the Norris Division title. In 1992-93, Keith joined the NHL ranks full time and scored 32 points in 73 games. In 1993-94, he improved to 31 goals and 73 points as the Red Wings won the Central Division title. In the shortened 1994-95 campaign, he scored 42 points in just 45 games as the Red Wings won another Central Division title. In the playoffs, Keith helped the Red Wings win the Clarence Campbell Bowl before losing to the Devils in the Stanley Cup final.

In 1995-96, Keith scored 52 points as the Red Wings won the Central Division title and the Presidents' Trophy with a league-record 62 wins. In the playoffs, he helped the Red Wings reach the Western Conference final before losing to the Avalanche.

On October 9, 1996, Keith was traded with Paul Coffey and a first-round draft pick to the Hartford Whalers for Brendan Shanahan and Brian Glynn. In his first season with his new team, Keith scored 26 goals and 51 points. In 1997-98, Keith moved with the franchise to Carolina (now the Hurricanes) and co-led the team with 26 goals and 63 points. During the season, he played in the mid-season All-Star Game and won Player of the Week honours (March 30).

In 1998-99, Keith was named team captain and paced the team to a Southeast Division title. He led the team with 30 goals and 62 points as the Hurricanes made the playoffs for the first time in seven years. In 1999-2000, after being unable to sign a new contract with the Hurricanes and missing the start of the season, Keith was traded on January 23 with a fifth-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for Rod Brind'Amour, Jean-Marc Pelletier and a second-round draft pick. In 23 games with the Flyers, Keith scored 16 points. In the playoffs, he helped the team reach the Eastern Conference final before losing to the Devils.

In 2000-01, Keith led his team with 34 goals, 11 power goals and a 20.6 shooting percentage as the Flyers cracked the 100-point mark for the second straight year. At year’s end, he was awarded the Yanick Dupré Award as the team’s class guy.

In 2001-02, Keith scored 48 points as the Flyers won the Atlantic Division title. Keith finished second on the team with 128 penalty minutes. On October 30, he scored his 500th career point in a match against the Capitals. In the playoffs, he played five games in an opening-round loss to the Senators.

In 2002-03, Keith finished third on the team with 46 points, 93 penalty minutes, and 171 shots on goal (tie). In the playoffs, he scored two points in 13 games as the Flyers reached the second round before losing to the Senators. In 2003-04, Keith scored 22 points as he was limited to just 54 games. He returned to the lineup in April just in time to help his team clinch its third division title in five years. On Dec. 12, Keith scored his 600th career point. In the playoffs, Keith helped the Flyers reach the Eastern Conference final before losing to the Lightning.

In 2003-04: Was first on the team in faceoff winning percentage at 53.3% (538 of 1,010)...Played for the Eastern Conference Team at the 2004 NHL All-Star Game...Game at NY Islanders on April 4 was his 900th in the NHL...Missed 21 games from Feb. 14 and March 27 due to a concussion sustained at NY Rangers on Feb. 12...Missed six games from Jan. 3 through 13 after sustaining a broken thumb at Florida on Jan. 2...His assist at New Jersey on Dec. 12 was his 600th career NHL point...Missed game at Columbus on Dec. 10 due to a sprained wrist…2003-04 Single Game Highs: Goals - 1 (seven times); Assists - 2 (@ NYR, 1/22/04); Points - 2 (three times); Shots - 5 (twice - @ NJ, 12/12/03; @ NYR, 11/8/03); Plus/Minus - +3 (@ NJ, 12/12/03); TOI - 22:14 (@ DAL, 12/29/03).