Skip to main content

Kevin Primeau

Kevin Primeau is one of the few hockey players from the Canadian university ranks to play in the National Hockey League.

From 1974 through 1978 Primeau played at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, leading the Golden Bears to two CIAU National championships. That's when he was not studying to earn his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, of course.

That degree would very much come in handy, but first he had to give pro hockey a chance. In 1978 the Edmonton Oilers, then of the World Hockey Association, offered the local boy a try out. After a successful showing in practices they offered him a contract for the rest of the season. He would play in seven WHA games (picking up one assist) and two playoff games.

Primeau jumped at a lucrative offer from Switzerland to become playing coach for HC Davos. He was very interested in coaching as well as seeing the world, as will soon become quite evident.

Primeau left Davos after one season to split the next season between another Swiss club, Visp, and the Canadian National Team. 1980 was an Olympic year and Primeau successfully made the Olympic squad for the Lake Placid games. He played well with four goals in six Olympics games, but Canada fell short of a medal.

Tom Watt was coaching Canada at the time. When he signed on to coach the Vancouver Canucks he convinced management to sign Primeau. Primeau would play most of the season on the Canucks farm team in Dallas but was called up for his only two NHL games.

Primeau headed back to Switzerland to play but a bad neck injury forced him off the ice for good in 1984. He soon stepped behind the bench, coaching everywhere from the CIAU to Switzerland to Germany to Hungary to Japan and back in the NHL - spending six years with the Oilers as an assistant coach in the 1990s.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M