Retired Defenseman for the New York Islanders
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Denis Potvin was born October 29, 1953 and is a retired professional ice hockey defenseman and team captain for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. He was a four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Islanders in the early 1980s and was also a three-time James Norris Memorial Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991, and currently serves as a commentator for Ottawa Senators' television broadcasts on Sportsnet.
Potvin retired as the National Hockey League's leader in goals and points by a defenseman. His career totals were later surpassed by Paul Coffey and Raymond Bourque, although each did so playing significantly more games (1,409 and 1,612, respectively, to Potvin's 1,060).
Potvin was a more traditional defender than Orr and an extremely physical player. He averaged just under a point per game over his career (0.992), while Orr averaged 1.39 points per game. Late in his career, Potvin suffered a series of injuries that impeded his performance, leading to his retirement following the 1988 season. Potvin allegedly received an offer from Mike Keenan to come out of retirement and play for arch-rival New York Rangers in 1993, though the seriousness of this report in unknown.
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