Denis Potvin

Analyst, NHL On The Fly

An NHL Hall-of-Fame inductee and a four-time Stanley Cup® champion, Denis Potvin is one of the greatest NHL defensemen of all time.  A long-time captain of the New York Islanders, Potvin brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to NHL On The Fly.

From the team's inception in 1993 to the end of the 2008-09 season, Denis Potvin was the colour commentator for the Florida Panthers broadcasts on FS Florida.  In addition, Potvin has broadcast experience as a studio host with Sports Channel New York from 1988 to 1993, as a studio and game analyst for ESPN's coverage of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs and as part of the Fox NHL broadcast team throughout the 1990s.

Potvin spent 15 years in the NHL, all with the New York Islanders who drafted him first overall in the 1973 Entry Draft.  Potvin was awarded the Calder Trophy as the league's best rookie and went on to captain the Islanders as they won four consecutive Stanley Cup® championships from 1980 to 1983.  The first defenseman in NHL history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark, Potvin was the epitome of an offensive defenseman.  Potvin retired as the NHL's all-time leader in goals (310), assists (742) and points (1,052) by a defenseman, but was also nominated for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman four times, winning the award three times.  In 1998, Potvin became the first player to have his number retired by the New York Islanders.

The youngest of three brothers, Potvin was born and raised in the Overbrook area of Ottawa where he eventually played junior hockey for the OHL's Ottawa '67s.