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Potvin retires as broadcaster with Panthers

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Denis Potvin retired from broadcasting Monday after 21 seasons as a color analyst for the Florida Panthers.

Potvin, 65, was part of Florida's inaugural broadcast team in 1993-94. He also spent four seasons as an analyst with the Ottawa Senators from 2010-14 before rejoining the Panthers.

"I have been blessed to work in industries where team work was essential for success," Potvin said. "When I think of the play-by-play announcers, producers, directors and tape operators I have worked with, not to mention the camera support, it's no wonder why I loved every minute of being a broadcaster. I'll miss the interaction and the fun, but I feel that it's time for me to step away. 

"Since the day that Bill Torrey and Mr. Huizenga brought me on board in 1993, I've been blessed to watch hockey grow in South Florida. From the Panthers of present and past, from Pavel Bure to Roberto Luongo, to the exciting young core of Panthers now led by Aleksander Barkov, it's been my distinct pleasure to have gotten to work with and get to know each of them. While it will be an adjustment to step away from my broadcasting career, I look forward to spending more time with my family and grandchildren. I want to thank the Florida Panthers players, coaches, staff and fans for the memories and privilege of being a part of this franchise's history."

Potvin, selected by the New York Islanders with the No. 1 pick in the 1973 NHL Draft, had 1,052 points (310 goals, 742 assists) in 1,060 regular-season games, all with New York. He had 164 points (56 goals, 108 assists) in 185 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including winning the Stanley Cup in four straight seasons from 1980-83.

Potvin won the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL in 1974, the Norris Trophy as top defenseman three times (1976, 1978, 1979), and was Islanders captain for eight seasons from 1979-87. He retired from the NHL after the 1987-88 season and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

"On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization, we want to thank Denis for his tremendous contributions to our franchise both as a broadcaster and as an ambassador of hockey in South Florida," Panthers president Matthew Caldwell said. "A legend of the sport, it has been a privilege for our fans through the years to watch and listen to Denis analyze Panthers games. We wish him a happy retirement from this chapter of his illustrious career."

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