Where Are They Now? Denis Potvin


With all the media attention surrounding the Islanders announcement, earlier this week that they are moving to Brooklyn, Islanders Hall of Famer Denis Potvin stood out and was quoted in The Hockey News said "the more I think about this, the more it makes me sad."

Whether or not you agree or disagree with Potvin, we’re going to check in and see what one of the greatest Islanders of all time is doing.

The Islanders selected the 20-year-old Potvin, dubbed as the next Bobby Orr, with the first pick overall in the 1973 NHL Draft.

In his first season Potvin won the Calder Memorial Trophy and then in his five seasons Potvin won three James Norris Memorial Trophies. It was then the next season 1979-80 when Clarke Gillies stepped down as captain of the Islanders and Potvin then became the Islanders captain.

It was in that season that Potvin not only had his best statistical season with 31 goals, 70 assists totaling 101 points, but he also led the Islanders to the first of four straight Stanley Cup Championships. (Photo Credit: Official New York Islanderss/Flickr)

Potvin played his whole 15-year career with the Islanders organization and didn’t give up the captaincy until he retired after the 1987-1988 season. Throughout his 15-year career Potvin went to the playoffs every year except for his rookie season.

When Potvin retired he was the NHL’s leader in goals and points by a defensemen, which was than beaten by Paul Coffey and Ray Bourque. He was inducted into the NHL Hall of Hall in 1991 alongside his former teammate Mike Bossy. (Photo Credit: SirusxmNHL/Flickr)

After retirement in 1993 Potvin became the color commentator for the Florida Panthers television broadcasts until the 2008-2009 season. In 2010 Potvin was hired to be the Ottawa Senators to be their color analyst for Rogers Sportsnet. He still holds that position to this day.

My Take:

I never saw Potvin play in my life; he actually retired two years before I was born.  I have seen replays of games, whether it was on NHL Network of MSG and they guys looked like the numbers he put up.  From what I have heard from my dad who saw Potvin play his whole career, the Islanders of today could really use a player like Potvin now.

Ps: If winning three Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cup Champions makes you suck, well than Rangers fans Potvin sucks. Are there any Rangers that have put up those kind of numbers? I didn’t think so.


-Pete Paguaga
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