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Denis Potvin

Denis Potvin  #5

Defenseman
NUMBER: 5 BIRTHDATE: October 29, 1953
BIRTHPLACE: Ottawa, ON, Canada
DRAFTED: NYI / 1973 NHL Amateur Draft
ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
AwardsSeasons
Calder Memorial Trophy 1973-1974
James Norris Memorial Trophy 1975-1976 / 1977-1978 / 1978-1979
Brother of Jean OMJHL First All-Star Team (1971, 1972, 1973) Calder Memorial Trophy (1974) NHL First All-Star Team (1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981) James Norris Trophy (1976, 1978, 1979) NHL Second All-Star Team (1977, 1984) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1988) Missed majority of 1979-80 due to thumb injury vs. Edmonton, November 30, 1979.
Quote of the Day

You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense