Philadelphiaflyers.com recently sat down with Keith Primeau to talk about the DHI Cup Scholastic Showcase. The DHI Cup is a joint effort between the Philadelphia Flyers and Primeau's Durham Hockey Institute; created as a way to showcase the Delaware Valley's top high school hockey talent.
The DHI Cup Championship game is this Mon., Nov. 12th at 3:00 PM at the Wachovia Center. Admission is free with a Flyers ticket for that night and includes a question and answer session with Keith Primeau. To purchase tickets click here or call (215)952-5742.
Monday's game against the NY Islanders is also Hockey Equipment Donation Night. All new and gently used equipment collected will benefit the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. For more information click here
What was your main inspiration in heading up the DHI Cup?
“My main motivation was an attempt to create visibility for kids in the Delaware Valley and provide opportunities that they or may not otherwise have been able to experience.”
Do you have children in this age bracket? Have they influenced your efforts with the youth base?
“Corey (his son) is past that age, he’s a freshman is college. I came up with this idea while watching him play high school hockey and kind of saw what was transpiring.”
One day do you hope to expand this outside the region, into a country/global effort?
“I would really like to see it first evolve here and create a successful template, and then be able to expand into more areas of the country, for sure.”
Were you positively affected by tournaments such as this while growing up?
“No, this is kind of different than anything we ever experienced and I think that is the reason for doing it. We had that capability, we had college recruiters, junior programs, junior recruiters, pro scouts, who were always there watching. We were at their disposal and kids in our region feel as though they need to leave in order to get that exposure. I am just trying to create an environment where they don’t have to do that.”
Are there scouts (Pro/College) present for these contests? If so do you hear positive feedback regarding their assessments?
“Paul Holmgren has attended both DHI Cup games that I hosted and the feedback has been real positive. Even the junior and college programs have been giving me real positive feedback as well.”
Is this the only tournament of this nature that you are aware of? What other ones may be present and how does yours distinguish itself?
“As far as hockey goes, we are trying to copy as similar as possible to kind of the idea of the Carpenter Cup in baseball. As far as I know it is the only tournament of this nature. There are lots of tournaments that come out and showcase where kids can be seen, but not really with the same set up as we’ve created.”
What is the driving force that keeps you a part of this game?
“People always ask me ‘do I miss the game,” and my answer is that I miss playing the game. But as long as I am involved in hockey in some capacity, I’m happy. So this is how I am involved and at the same time I also feel as though I am fortunate to have what I have because of the game of hockey. I am just trying to give back.”
To view the Full Roster for DHI Cup click here.
For more information on the Durham Hockey Institute click here.