Denis Charles Potvin - Born October 29, 1953 in Vanier, Ontario is a Canadian retired ice Hockey defenceman.
J. Ross Robertson Cup finalist 1972 with Ottawa 67's.
Potvin made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders on October 10, 1973 vs Atlanta Flames at Omni Coliseum in a 1-1 tie.
Potvin scored his 1st NHL goal vs Ed Giacomin of the New York Rangers on October 2, 1973 at 4:54 of the 1st period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in a 3-2 Islanders win. Potvin had 2 goals in the game.
- Calder Memorial Trophy Winner 1974 with New York Islanders.
- 1976 Canada Cup Champion.
- James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner 1976, 1978, 1979 with New York Islanders.
- Stanley Cup Champion 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 with New York Islanders as team captain.
- Prince of Wales Trophy Champion 1982, 1983, 1984 with New York Islanders
NHL First All-Star Team 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979 (Challenge Cup), 1981.
Potvin played 1,060 NHL regular season games, scoring 310 goals, 742 assists and 185 NHL playoff games, scoring 56 goals, 108 assists.
Potvin was the first NHL defenceman to reach 300 goals during regular season play, and 1,000 career points.
Potvin was the first player to reach 100 playoff assists in NHL history.
Denis Potvin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.
Denis Potvin was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
Denis Potvin was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Potvin's jersey #5 was retired by the Islanders on February 1, 1992, the first such honor bestowed by the franchise.
In 2017, Potvin was named one of the "100 Greatest NHL Players" in history.
Potvin has quoted about the 1982-83 Islanders team "I am not going to be humble about it," Potvin said. "I think it's the best team in the history of the game."