Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Marc Potvin
Marc Potvin was chosen 169th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1986, well before the big young winger had had a chance to get his amateur career into full flight. His selection came after only one season with the Stratford Collitons of the OJHL. But rather than jump for the pros as a teenager, he elected instead to accept a scholarship at Bowling Green University where he put in four solid seasons of college hockey from 1986 to 1990.

In 1990-91, Potvin finally turned pro in the Red Wings' chain with Adirondack of the AHL. From the moment that the first puck was dropped, the sturdy winger transformed himself from a college boy to the fisticuffs king of the American League. By the time he left to join the Red Wings for a handful of games near the end of the season, he'd amassed a league leading 365 penalty minutes.

His next two years of professional hockey served to confirm that Potvin wasn't going to catch on in the Motor City as an enforcer. The Wings already had the much-feared Bob Probert on hand. So Potvin bided his time in Adirondack until he was picked up by the L.A. Kings in 1993.

On the West Coast, he faired only marginally better than in Detroit. He got very little ice time and much of that was spent in the penalty box. As such, the Kings traded him to Hartford late in 1993. With the Whalers, Potvin lasted for only 51 games while scoring five points and racking up a whopping 246 penalty minutes. He was released by the club at the end of the campaign.

In 1994, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins where he picked up a handful of games over two seasons. Otherwise, he spent the majority of his time with the Providence Reds of the AHL.

In 1996-97, he hooked up with the Portland Pirates for one season before joining the Chicago Wolves of the IHL for his final campaign of pro hockey. After retiring from the game in 1998, Potvin went on to coach in the AHL and UHL.

On January 13, 2006 Marc Potvin was found dead in his Kalamazoo hotel room.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Elmira Sugar Kings ON-Jr.B 37 21 22 43 108
1985-86 Stratford Cullitons ON-Jr.B 39 22 43 65 180
1986-87 Bowling Green University CCHA 43 5 15 20 74
1987-88 Bowling Green University CCHA 45 15 21 36 80
1988-89 Bowling Green University CCHA 46 23 12 35 63
1989-90 Bowling Green University CCHA 40 19 17 36 72
1989-90 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 5 2 1 3 9 4 0 1 1 23
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 0 0 0 55 -4 6 0 0 0 32
1990-91 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 63 9 13 22 365
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 1 0 1 52 -2 1 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 51 13 16 29 314 19 5 4 9 57
1992-93 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 37 8 12 20 109
1992-93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 20 0 1 1 61 -10 1 0 0 0 0
1993-94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 0 0 0 26 -3
1993-94 Hartford Whalers NHL 51 2 3 5 246 -5
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 1 1 4 +1
1994-95 Providence Bruins AHL 21 4 14 18 84 12 2 4 6 25
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 27 0 0 0 12 -2 5 0 1 1 18
1995-96 Providence Bruins AHL 48 9 9 18 118
1996-97 Portland Pirates AHL 71 17 15 32 222 5 0 0 0 12
1997-98 Chicago Wolves IHL 81 4 8 12 170 -6 10 0 0 0 22
1998-1999 Adirondack Red Wings AHL
1999-2000 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL
2000-2002 Springfield Falcons AHL
NHL Totals 121 3 5 8 456 13 0 1 1 50


Traded to Los Angeles by Detroit with Jimmy Carson and Gary Shuchuk for Paul Coffey, Sylvain Couturier and Jim Hiller, January 29, 1993. Traded to Hartford by Los Angeles for Doug Houda, November 3, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Boston, June 29, 1994.
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