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CORE OF THE FOUR - Denis Potvin

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Sunday March 2: Allstate Core of the Four - Celebrating the 17 men who played for all four Stanley Cup-winning teams of the New York Islanders ...Purchase tickets here...

Denis Potvin
As the cornerstone of the franchise and serving as “The Captain” for nearly a decade – including the Islanders’ four-consecutive Stanley Cup Championships –Denis Potvin was matched by few around the league. He was known for his scoring ability and toughness, not commonly found among defensemen in his era.

Drafted by the Islanders with the first overall pick in 1973, Potvin was called upon to become the foundation for the Islanders’ success. To say Potvin exceeded expectations would be an understatement; the defenseman would go on to build a Hall of Fame career and show Long Island what true greatness in sports is all about.

Potvin tallied 54 points during his rookie campaign in 1973-74, taking home the Calder Trophy as top rookie. Denis recorded 50 or more points in 13 of his 15 seasons on Long Island, while taking home the Norris Trophy three times (1976, 1978 and 1979) as top defenseman.

The Ottawa-native excelled when the playoffs came around as well. Potvin’s top post-season came during the Islanders’ second Stanley Cup run, as he posted eight goals and 17 assists in just 18 games. Over the course of his playoff career, Potvin would record 56 goals and 108 assists in 185 games with the Orange and Blue.

Denis Potvin
In addition to winning four major trophies, Potvin was named to the NHL All-Star team seven times. He is among the top three in several major categories in Islanders history, including games (1,060), goals (310), assists (742), points (1,052) power play goals (127) and game-winning goals (44). On January 14, 1988, Potvin became the first defenseman in NHL history to record 300 goals for his career.

On February 1, 1992 Potvin became the first Islander to have his jersey retired in a pre-game ceremony honoring the longtime captain.

Denis Potvin's All-Time Stats


Sunday March 2: Allstate Core of the Four - Celebrating the 17 men who played for all four Stanley Cup-winning teams of the New York Islanders ...Purchase tickets here.

Islanders fans, next weekend is the event of the season that everyone has been eagerly anticipating. On the weekend of March 1, the Islanders will honor some of the most remarkable men in NHL history as they kick off Allstate Core of the Four weekend. As every Islanders fan knows, the Islanders were the talk of the town and the NHL during the 1980s, thanks to their incredible run of four Stanley Cups from 1980-1983. The Islanders organization is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the 17 men who were a part of all four championship teams.


Saturday, March 1 is all about you, the fans. Fan Appreciation Day, when the Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers at 2 pm, will honor the greatest fans in the NHL. As a thank you, the Islanders organization will be giving away hundreds of prizes all game long. Several of the Core of the Four Alumni will be attending our annual Fan Appreciation Day Game. Kids will also be treated to a post-game on ice puck shootout.

On the Nassau Coliseum ice there will be a presentation for the winner of Bill Guerin’s Chopper motorcycle, which is currently being auctioned off at

All fans in attendance will receive a team poster, courtesy of Valtech. The first 10,000 fans can pick up Islanders trading cards upon entrance into the Nassau Coliseum.

Click here to purchase tickets to Fan Appreciation Day on March 1, when the Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers.


The Islanders host the Florida Panthers at the Nassau Coliseum at 3 pm on Sunday, March 2, but the day's events start long before the drop of the puck.

If there was ever a time to be at the Coliseum, it would be at 2 pm for the Walk of Champions. Islanders fans will have the chance to cheer on the Core of Four as they make their way from the Marriott to the Coliseum in the ceremonial red carpet Walk of Champions.

Fans will see the Core of the Four as they make their way into the Coliseum and on the ice, where they will be greeted by the game’s most prized possession – the Stanley Cup. This will be an event that will not be forgotten by those witnessing it.

The honored guests are:

Bill Torrey
Al Arbour
Mike Bossy
Bob Bourne
Clark Gillies
Butch Goring
Lorne Henning
Anders Kallur
Gord Lane
Dave Langevin
Wayne Merrick
Ken Morrow
Bob Nystrom
Stefan Persson
Denis Potvin
Billy Smith
Duane Sutter
John Tonelli
Bryan Trottier

Trainer Ron Waske and equipment manager Jim Pickard, who were with the team for all four Stanley Cups, will also be honored as part of the event. Hall of Fame broadcaster Jiggs McDonald will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

A special ceremony for the Core of the Four members will begin at 3 pm on the Coliseum ice. All fans in attendance will receive a Sharp commemorative Core of the Four banner.

Throughout the game, the Stanley Cup will be on display at the concourse for photo ops.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets to these two special games should click here. Act now, because these tickets are going fast.

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