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
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).