Why Keith Primeau was one of the Flyers’ greatest captains: Fan’s view

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By Sean O’Brien, Yahoo! Contributor Network

Former Philadelphia Flyer’s captain Keith Primeau played with grit and gusto during his fifteen years in the National Hockey League.

Primeau dominated the ice before concussions caused his career to prematurely end when he was 34-years-old in 2006.

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Like Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sydney Crosby, he was also a victim of concussions. Hopefully one of the games currently great players won’t have his career affected like Primeau’s was.

Before head shots took their toll on his body, the Flyers behemoth had become one of the best red light players in the game.

Spring 2000


A contract dispute allowed Philadelphia to acquire Primeau from the Carolina Hurricanes for Rod Brind’Amour(notes) in January 2000.

He had two goals and eleven assists for the Flyers in the playoffs that spring. One of those goals came during one of hockey’s all-time classic contests.

The Toronto, Ontario native’s game-winner, in the fifth overtime period of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Penguins, enabled the Flyers to tie that series at two games each. The eight-period epic was one of the longest games in National Hockey League history.

The 28-year-old returned to produce a 34 goal, 39 assist season in 2000-2001.



The 6’5″, 220 pounder had nine goals in 110 playoff games before the 2003-04 season.

Primeau played as though he was possessed during the 2004 playoffs, amassing nine goals and seven assists in eighteen kinetic games. But, those numbers hardly define how the rink appeared to tip towards him whenever his skates seared the ice.