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Quick Hits: Foerster, HOF Week, TIFH, Primeau

November 24, 2020, 8:27 AM ET [39 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Quick Hits: November 24, 2020

1) Flyers prospects Tyson Foerster and Mason Millman continue their participation in Hockey Canada's World Junior Championships selection camp. The Red vs. White series continues today at 11 a.m. ET. A live stream will be available on the Hockey Canada website.

2) Flyers Hall of Fame Week: Here's an update and directory on where to find all current and upcoming content during Flyers Hall of Fame week on the team's official website and on Flyers Broadcast Network.

* Flyers Daily: A nearly hour-long discussion with Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Mark Howe.

* Flyers.NHL.com: Right on the Mark -- A look at the case for Mark Recchi to be included in the Flyers Hall of Fame. The Hockey Hall of Famer played more games for the Flyers than any of his other NHL teams and was a three-time Bobby Clarke Trophy winner.

* Flyers Daily: A 32-minute interview in which Flyers Hall of Fame center Rod Brind'Amour discusses his Flyers playing days.

* Flyers.NHL.com: Simon Gagne's case for future Flyers Hall of Fame induction. Back in May of this year, Zack Hill arranged a media conference call with Gagne, who reflected on playing junior hockey in Quebec under Alain Vigneault, his playing career with the Flyers and what he's doing now. The quotes for the article were culled from that discussion.

* Flyers Daily: A 50-minute conversation with former team captain and Flyers Hall of Fame center Dave Poulin.

* Flyers.NHL.com: A look at the case for Rick Tocchet to join the Flyers Hall of Fame.

* Upcoming on Flyers Daily:A 45-minute conversation with Hockey/Flyers Hall of Fame left wing Bill Barber.

* Upcoming on Flyers.NHL.com: The case for Kimmo Timonen to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame.

3) Today in Flyers History: Nov. 24

1973: Bernie Parent prevailed in a goaltender's duel with the St. Louis Blues' John Davidson in a 1-0 Flyers road win. Parent stopped all 31 shots by St. Louis, while Davidson turned back 27 out of 28 Flyers shots. Ross Lonsberry's goal with 18 seconds remaining in the second period stood as the game's only marker for either side.

1985: Flyers captain Dave Poulin recorded the fourth hat trick of his career, while Illka Sinisalo notched a pair of goals in a 7-4 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ron Sutter and Murray Craven each scored one goal apiece. Mark Howe earned a pair assists and finished the night at plus-three.

1993: The Flyers exploded for six goals in the second period en route to a 9-2 home blowout of the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. Mark Recchi had five points, Garry Galley had four points and Kevin Dineen recorded a hat trick. Andre Racicot was in net for eight of the nine Philadelphia goals.

1995: The Legion of Doom powered the Flyers to an impressive 4-1 home win against the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings. Eric Lindros led the way with two goals (15th and 16th of the season), while John LeClair and checking forward Rob DiMaio also found the net. Eric Desjardins earned a power of assists. Goaltender Garth Snow stopped 36 of 37 shots.

1999: Mikael Renberg notched a goal and an assist to help the Flyers build a lead that eventually grew into a 6-1 road win over the Florida Panthers. Eric Lindros, Sandy McCarthy, Eric Desjardins and former Panthers forward Jody Hull also tallied for Philadelphia. Former Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck made 21 saves.

2010: The visiting Flyers broke loose for three goals in the final period to down the Minnesota Wild by a 6-1 count in St. Paul. Six different Philadelphia players lit the lamp: James van Riemsdyk, Jeff Carter, Danny Briere, Andreas Nodl (shorthanded), Ville Leino and enforcer Jody Shelley.

2014: Steve Mason recorded a 46-save shutout against the host New York Islanders but the Flyers are equally unable to solve Jaroslav Halak (21 saves). The Islanders prevailed in a shootout and win, 1-0.

4) Nov. 24: Happy birthday, Keith Primeau (1971)

Keith Primeau was born on Nov. 24, 1971 in Toronto. He was originally drafted the Detroit Red Wings with the third overall selection of the 1990 NHL Draft.

After stints with the Red Wings and the Harford Whalers/ Carolina Hurricanes, Primeau was traded to the Flyers on January 23, 2000 in exchange for Rod Brind'Amour. Goaltender Jean-Marc Pelletier also went to the Hurricanes in the trade, while the Flyers received a 2000 fifth-round pick (later transferred to the New York Islanders and used on the selection of Kristofer Ottoson) and the Hurricanes got a 2000 second-round pick (Argis Saviels).

Best remembered in Philadelphia for his game-winning goal in the fifth overtime of Game 4 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Pittsburgh Penguins and for his heroics throughout the 2004 playoffs, Primeau spent parts of six seasons with the Flyers before post-concussion syndrome prematurely ended his career. Primeau dressed in 312 regular season games (87 goals, 213 points) for the Flyers as well as 58 playoff games (12 goals, 34 points). His best statistical season in Philadelphia was the 2000-01 campaign that saw him rack up 34 goals and 73 points in 71 games.

The player's 2004 playoff run -- by which time he had become more of a shutdown defensive center than a frequent scoring contributor during the regular season -- saw Primeau produce nine goals, 16 points and a plus-even rating as the team fell one win short of reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. Post-concussion issues prematurely ended Primeau's playing career. He appeared in nine games (one goal, six assists, seven points) during the 2005-06 season after the conclusion of the prolonged labor dispute that caused the cancellation of the 2004-05 campaign. Primeau's final game was on October 28, 2005, in an 8-6 road loss to the Carolina Hurricanes (zero points, one shot on goal, minus-three). On October 30, 2005, he was diagnosed with severe concussion-related issues. Primeau announced his retirement on September 14, 2006.

For a number of years, Primeau remained a Voorhees, New Jersey, resident after his retirement, and completed a college degree in liberal studies at Neumann University. He also stayed close to hockey, becoming the assistant hockey coach and Bishop Eustace Prep School and operating the Durham Hockey Institute in Toronto in conjunction with younger brother Wayne (with whom Keith engaged in an on-ice fight on April 7, 1997 while Keith played for the Whalers and Wayne played for the Buffalo Sabres) and Ryan Mougenal. Keith's son, Cayden, is a Montreal Canadiens goaltending prospect.

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