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Encyclopedia > Denis Potvin

Denis Charles Potvin (born Ottawa, Ontario, October 29, 1953) is a former defenseman and team captain for the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League and cornerstone for the Islanders' four Stanley Cup championship teams in the early 1980s. This article is about the capital city of Canada. ... October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a city located on Long Island. ... NHL redirects here. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ...

Denis Potvin (#5) with brother Jean.
Denis Potvin (#5) with brother Jean.

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Playing career

After a stellar junior hockey career with the Ottawa 67s, Potvin was drafted first overall in the 1973 National Hockey League Amateur Draft by the struggling expansion Islanders, which had recorded the worst record in modern National Hockey League (NHL) history the previous season. Right after Torrey drafted Denis Potvin first overall in the 1973 entry draft, Montreal Canadiens General Manager Sam Pollock approached Torrey, hoping to trade for Potvin. Pollock's strategy was to offer a "quick-fix" package of mature players to exchange for the top draft pick. Although it was tempting, as the Islanders would immediately benefit from the trade, Torrey ultimately turned down the offer since he felt that Potvin would be a long-term asset to the team. 1973 DRAFT HISTORY The 11th NHL Amateur Draft was the first to be held on a separate day from other league activities on May 15th, 1973 at Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal, Quebec so it would not overshadow the rest of the league meetings. ... The Montreal Canadiens are the oldest established National Hockey League (NHL) franchise. ... Samuel Patterson Smyth (Sam) Pollock (born December 15, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) was a legendary general manager in the National Hockey League. ...


Potvin came into the league with extraordinarily high expectations of being the savior of the franchise as well as the next Bobby Orr. While he did not dominate the game as did the great Boston defenseman, Potvin became an immediate star, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, and upon Orr's decline and retirement, was widely acknowledged, along with Larry Robinson, to be the premier backliner in the game. Robert Gordon Bobby Orr, OC (born March 20, 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman and is considered to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Calder Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top Rookie in the National Hockey League. ... Larry Clark Robinson, born June 2, 1951 in Winchester, Ontario, Canada, was a star player and a coach in the National Hockey League. ...


Potvin was known for being intelligent, articulate, and outspoken off the ice. Throughout the 1970s, his Islander teammates often were turned off by these traits, but Potvin would later prove to be a great leader because of these same traits his teammates had looked down upon as Potvin was maturing.


His best season offensively was 1979, during which he became the first defenseman besides Orr to score 30 goals and 100 points in a single season, marks which even today few defensemen have reached. Potvin was awarded his third Norris trophy for the regular season, which the Islanders finished first in the NHL. However, when the Islanders lost in the semifinals to what most hockey fans considered an inferior New York Rangers team, Clark Gillies stepped down as captain. During the off-season, Potvin became the team's third captain, which he remained until retiring in 1988. In 1979-80, Potvin's first year as captain, the Islanders won their first of four Stanley Cups. Potvin led the team during its glory years: in addition to the four consecutive championships and five straight finals appearances, in the eight seasons he served as captain, the Islanders never failed to reach the playoffs. The 1978-79 NHL season was the 62nd season of the National Hockey League. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred... Clark Jethro Gillies (b. ...


In retrospect, he was a far more traditional defender than Orr and an extremely physical player. After his peak years, Potvin suffered a series of injuries that impeded optimal performance, especially during the regular season, but remained a star, retiring after the 1988 season. The classic NHL shield logo The 1987-88 NHL season was the 71st regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1968-69 Ottawa 67's OHA 46 12 25 37 83
1969-70 Ottawa 67's OHA 42 13 18 31 97 5 2 1 3 9
1970-71 Ottawa 67's OHA 57 20 58 78 200 11 4 6 10 26
1971-72 Ottawa 67's OHA 48 15 45 60 188
1972-73 Ottawa 67's OHA 61 35 88 123 232 9 6 10 16 22
1973-74 New York Islanders NHL 77 17 37 54 175
1974-75 New York Islanders NHL 79 21 55 76 105 17 5 9 14 30
1975-76 New York Islanders NHL 78 31 67 98 100 13 5 14 19 32
1976-77 New York Islanders NHL 80 25 55 80 103 12 6 4 10 20
1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 80 30 64 94 81 7 2 2 4 6
1978-79 New York Islanders NHL 73 31 70 101 58 10 4 7 11 8
1979-80 New York Islanders NHL 31 8 33 41 44 21 6 13 19 24
1980-81 New York Islanders NHL 74 20 56 76 104 18 8 17 25 16
1981-82 New York Islanders NHL 60 24 37 61 83 19 5 16 21 30
1982-83 New York Islanders NHL 69 12 54 66 60 20 8 12 20 22
1983-84 New York Islanders NHL 78 22 63 85 87 20 1 5 6 28
1984-85 New York Islanders NHL 77 17 51 68 96 10 3 2 5 10
1985-86 New York Islanders NHL 74 21 38 59 78 3 0 1 1 0
1986-87 New York Islanders NHL 58 12 30 42 70 10 2 2 4 21
1987-88 New York Islanders NHL 72 19 32 51 112 5 1 4 5 6
OHA Totals 254 95 234 329 800 25 12 17 29 57
NHL Totals 1060 310 742 1052 1356 185 56 108 164 253

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Career Achievements and Facts

  • Retired having scored 310 goals and 742 assists for 1,052 points (at the time, the NHL career leader in all those categories for defensemen) in 1,060 games, adding 1,356 penalty minutes.
  • Retired as the NHL career leader in playoff goals, assists, and points for defensemen.
  • Currently 36th all-time in assists, and seventh among defensemen.
  • Currently 57th all-time in points.
  • Won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman in 1976, 1978, and 1979.
  • His jersey #5 was retired by the Islanders on February 1, 1992, the first such honor bestowed by the franchise.
  • He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.
  • In 1998, he was ranked number 19 on The Hockey News list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
  • In 2002, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame.

The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League defenceman who demonstrates the greatest ability, by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1975-76 NHL season was the 59th season of the National Hockey League. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1977-78 NHL season was the 61st season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1978-79 NHL season was the 62nd season of the National Hockey League. ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Hockey News is a hockey resource magazine. ... The Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame was created in 2000 by the Nassau County Sports Commission to honor elite athletes with roots to Nassau County, NY. http://www. ...

Miscellany

Potvin is currently a color commentator for Florida Panthers television broadcasts on Fox Sports Net Florida. He is the only color commentator in team history, having been paired with Jeff Rimer for many years, and since 2005, with Dave Strader. The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team who play in the Ft. ... Dave Strader is a veteran NHL broadcaster who joined FSN Florida and the Florida Panthers as the play-by-play voice beginning with the 2005-06 NHL season. ...


His brother, Jean Potvin, was also an NHL defenceman, and the brothers were teammates for a number of years. He is a cousin of former NHLer Marc Potvin. Jean Potvin (born Ottawa, Ontario, March 25, 1949) is a former player in the National Hockey League. ... Marc Potvin (29 January 1967 - 13 January 2006) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ...


There is a tradition at Madison Square Garden to chant "Potvin sucks!" during New York Rangers home games - though clearly he does not. The tradition began after Potvin's questionable hit on the Rangers' Ulf Nilsson, breaking his ankle. Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City, New York, U.S.A.. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred...


See also

Preceded by
Billy Harris
NHL First Overall Draft Pick
1973
Succeeded by
Greg Joly
Preceded by
Clark Gillies
New York Islanders captains
1979-87
Succeeded by
Brent Sutter
Preceded by
Larry Robinson
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1978, 1979
Succeeded by
Larry Robinson
Preceded by
Bobby Orr
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1976
Succeeded by
Larry Robinson
Preceded by
Steve Vickers
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1974
Succeeded by
Eric Vail

 
 

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