Cayden Primeau |  “He will grow out of it”

Cayden Primeau | “He will grow out of it”

(Rochester, NY) In his understated clothing and glasses, Keith Primeau looks more like an off-duty college professor than a feared 1990s NHL power forward.

On Wednesday, he was sitting in line outside a press box at Blue Cross Arena to watch Game 3 of the Laval Rocket-Syracuse Crunch series. It took RDS colleague Patrick Friolet to spot Primeau, because a good power forward knows how to spot one.

Except that at the time of this match, Keith Primeau was neither a college professor nor a former player. He and his wife, Lisa, were just parents who came to watch his son, Cayden, play hockey.

It was quite fun to attend tonight in the same section as the Primeaus. Every five minutes, the crackpots sitting a few rows ahead would start yelling “Primeau, Primeau, sucks! Each time, the parents remained frozen, at least from behind.

In the second intermission of a game that required six periods, we embarked on a conversation with the father.

I have no problem with fans making fun of him. It makes me laugh, it’s the universe I know! But my wife is not capable. Do you see the headphones on her? She is listening music. They insult her baby!

Keith Primeau, smiling

At the time of the interview, the Rocket had just scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead. The CH school club was 20 minutes away from advancing to the semifinals. He ended up taking 62 minutes instead of 20, but the Rocket won 6-5.

We would have liked to speak to Keith Primeau between two overtimes, but for logistical reasons, we had to attend ice-level overtime. That said, even in the second intermission, before things got difficult, he said that he was nervous.

“I’m better than before,” he says. But it’s not easy being the parent of a guardian. my other son [Chayse] he’s a striker, I can talk to him, I understand his game, but I don’t understand the complexities of goalkeepers. I leave that to his goalkeeping coach. »

The benefits of victory

It has often been said: the future of the Canadians is not necessarily at stake at Laval this season. The most promising prospects, from Kaiden Guhle to Sean Farrell to Justin Barron, are not there.

Primeau is, however, one of those still young enough to hope to become permanent in the NHL. And according to his father, a Calder Cup conquest would only be beneficial. He knows what he is talking about; In 1992, his second year as a professional, he was part of the Adirondack Red Wings, champions of the American League.

It reminds us that a young Martin Lapointe was also part of this team. Add in Mike Sillinger and Jason York, who also had long NHL careers.

“I’ve never won the Stanley Cup, but the Calder Cup and World Championship gold are the highlights of my 15-year professional career. It has been very good for me. is development »

You have to live experiences to gain maturity. Skills are one thing, but there are also rites of passage to experience.

keith cousin

The Rockets are waiting to meet their next opponent, the winner of the series between the Charlotte Checkers and the Springfield Thunderbirds, led 2-0 by Springfield. Whether the season ends with a championship or not, Cayden Primeau will have redeemed himself from a painful season. In Montreal, his 4.62 average was the worst for a Canadiens goalkeeper in a season since Georges Vézina’s 4.66, at the time of the creation of the Nations League.

Primeau also had his difficulties at Laval, so it was Kevin Poulin who started the first game of the playoffs. But Primeau started in Game 2 and never lost his net. His average is 1.93 and his efficiency is .936.

“It’s been frustrating, just looking for consistency,” Primeau said. It’s not easy when you’re rappelling up and down. But Cayden is a great guardian. He’s just trying to find his way.

“He has had some moments of epiphany this season. Difficult moments when things were not in his favor, when he understood certain things. Those moments marked him. He will grow out of it. »

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