(February 12) - The Philadelphia Flyers honored their former captain, Keith Primeau, prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings. Primeau was presented with an original painting dipicting him in each of the four jerseys he wore during his 15-year NHL career.
Below is a transcript of Primeau's comments following the presentation.
"I have been preparing for this evening for about a week or so, and I am going to try and keep my composure. I have a lot of things to say so I want to make sure I get it all in.
"When the Flyers first brought to me this idea, I tried to think what this night is about and for me, this night is about the opportunity for me to say thank you to all those people who had influences on my life and my career.
"I would first like to thank the two people who obviously have the greatest influence on not only my career but in my life: my parents. With their selfless dedication to me, my brother and my sisters, (they) enabled me to stand here today and I thank you.
"To my beautiful wife, Lisa, and my children, Corey, Kylie, Chase and Cayden who are my support and my strength and who gave me so much of my motivation to succeed. I love you guys.
"The Detroit Red Wings, Mike and Marian Ilitch for giving me my start and the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League, thank you.
"To the Philadelphia Flyers, my teammates, Mr. Bob Clarke and Mr. Ed Snider who have been more than gracious to me and my family for which we can never repay them for their generosity and support and for their faith and confidence they showed in me. Thank you.
"And now for me the most important thank you of this evening, and why I stand here so humbly. I learned early on during my stay in Philadelphia that you need not be the most talented, the most skilled, the best goal scorer or the best playmaker, but if you play with passion, desire and a blue collar attitude you would and could be embraced more than you could ever imagine. I took great pride in putting on my Flyers jersey because I felt as though every time I did I had your support. I will always give credit to the fans in Philadelphia for creating my identity as a player and as a person and for that I humbly thank you."