It’s been a banner
year, athletically speaking, for Ecole St Denis, and Cedric Primeau
is just one of the reasons why. The Grade 8 student, the youngest of
two children in the family, has balanced quite nicely between his
first year of “AAA” hockey and the demands of school sports.
Originally born in
Amos (Quebec), Primeau and family are well-travelled across Northern
Ontario, with stops at various times in Timmins, North Bay and
Elliot Lake before settling down in Sudbury some four years ago.
Although he first
laced up the skates at the tender age of three and has played “AA”
hockey in Greater Sudbury the past two years, the 2009-2010 season
was his first successful attempt at cracking the defense corps with
the Sudbury Minor Bantam “AAA” Wolves, a progression that he
“It’s a good
challenge – the game is faster and you have to make your decisions a
bit faster”, explained the 13 year old blueliner. Throw in a steady
mix of school volleyball and basketball, and one can quickly see the
importance of sports in Cedric Primeau’s busy schedule.
“It’s a good pastime
– most of what I do involves sports”, he says. “But my mom always
told me – “school first” – so I have to keep my marks up if I want
to play sports.” Very wise advice indeed.
that while he has never really struggled in making friends at his
new elementary schools, his involvement with sport at St Denis has
provided a wonderful opportunity, both competitively and socially.
“They (St Denis)
have standards and want to win. They have conditioning to try and
keep us in good shape”, he notes. “And it’s nice spending time with
my friends, like when we go out of town for Franco tournament –
that’s always fun.”
A very natural
athlete, it’s of little surprise that St Denis basketball coach
Martin Nadeau considers Cedric Primeau one of the key cogs to what
has become a very successful basketball program.
Still, it’s hard to
unseat Canada’s favourite winter sport passion. “They’re both pretty
important, but hockey is probably more of a commitment”, says
Primeau. “Commit to hockey, show up every time, and then basketball
While the time may
come when he has to make a choice, for now, Primeau appreciates the
synergy between the two sports, taking some of his hockey background
as he started developing his basketball skills.
“I think it helped
with my vision on the court, always pushing the pace and moving the
ball (or puck) quickly – that and the conditioning.” As for a choice
of high schools, this one is something of a no brainer.
Primeau will attend
College Notre-Dame, where his aunt (Joanne Chretien) is the
principal. He says that along with basketball, he foresees taking a
crack at football at some point in time at CND.
With his sporting
talent, it’s a pretty safe bet that Cedric Primeau will make a whole
slew of friends (and fans) quickly at his new school next fall -
just as he’s done several times before.