Keith Primeau, our latest Y1on1, was drafted third overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings after playing two years with the Niagara Falls Thunder of the OHL. He played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.
What have you learned from sports that have helped you most in life?
Teamwork and the ability to work with others in a group setting.
Who helped guide you on your path to become a pro or college athlete?
My father had the greatest influence on me as a person and my playing career
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What is the greatest moment(s) in your sports career and what do you recall most about it?
Lots of great memories. Representing my country in the Olympics in 1998 was high on the list along with winning a World Championship in 1997. Playing in the Stanley Cup finals and winning a Calder Cup as well were special.
Would you advise youth athletes to play multiple sports or specialize and focus on only one? Why so?
I believe that playing multiple sports has its benefits, most notably the ability to decompress from your other interests as well as relationships and experiences. I also believe a point in time comes where an athlete must choose a sport to specialize in if their intention is to play at the highest level possible.
What specific advice do you have for youth athletes?
Enjoy your sport. Trust me, the game will become serious enough soon enough.
Looking back, is there anything on your journey that you would have changed or done differently?
I suppose I might have managed my head injuries differently had I known then what I know now.
How has participation in sports permanently affected your life?
Competitiveness - a burning desire to be successful no matter what my interest. Passion - a passion to pass on my knowledge and create opportunities for others.
Outside of sports, what are some of your other interests?
Family, vacationing, and fishing.
Do you take part in any philanthropic endeavors or work with any charities?
I’m connected or have been connected to Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Ed Snider Youth Foundation.