The Komets learned today that Hall of Fame center Reggie Primeau passed away Wednesday afternoon at the age of 77.
Primeau played eight seasons with the Komets during the 60’s and ranks seventh on the Komets’ all-time top 10 point leaders list with 542 points including 200 goals and 342 assists in 452 regular season games. Primeau added 22 goals, 31 assists and 53 points in 59 career playoff games with Fort Wayne.
During 1961-62 the Prince Albert, Saskatchewan center eclipsed the 100-point mark with 105 points and followed with two league championships when he helped Fort Wayne win its first two IHL Turner Cups in 1963 and 1965.
Primeau retired from professional hockey in 1969. He later became one of the charter members of the Komets’ Hall of Fame and had his number 12 retired.
Primeau remained a resident of Fort Wayne where he and his wife, Sonja, raised their three children.
“Luckily I was old enough and fortunate enough to see Reggie play for the Komets,” Komet general manager David Franke said. ” He was a great Komet and a wonderful family man. Reggie always had a smile on his face and handled life’s ups and downs with dignity and class. Reggie Primeau will always be a Komet legend and an inspiration when times are tough.”
Services are pending.