Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jean Potvin
Jean Potvin played his junior hockey for the Hull Volants and the Ottawa 67's from 1966 to 1969. And although solid on the blueline, he was passed over in the NHL draft. But not being one to wait around, he knocked on doors and eventually signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings.

Potvin didn't last long in LA, however, before he was swept into a seven-player swap that landed him in Philadelphia with the Flyers. But somehow, his destiny was not coloured in orange and black. He moved on to the New York Islanders in 1973 where he found himself a home for life?at least off the ice.

There has been speculation that the Islanders, having seen the phenomenal play of Potvin's kid brother, Denis, figured they should acquire the older Potvin to increase the odds of signing his younger sibling. The plan worked as the two brothers, who were very close, skated on the Islanders' blueline in contented fashion.

As a result of such harmony, Jean Potvin's offensive production skyrocketed as he sprang for 72 points in 1975-76?an exceptional number for a defenseman. But by 1978, the Islanders found themselves in need of a centreman and Potvin ended up as part of the necessary collateral to bring Wayne Merrick over from the Cleveland Barons. The trade?a move that caused his play to suffer, shook Potvin. He struggled through 40 games with the Barons and then made the transfer to the Minnesota North Stars the following year before he was sent to the minors in Oklahoma City.

But 1979-80 brought good news as he was traded back to the Islanders where he rejoined his brother and a club on the verge of NHL dominance. Potvin's NHL days, however, were nearing an end. By 1980, he joined broadcaster Jiggs McDonald as a colour analyst on any evening that the club didn't require his services. He'd sometimes skate in the team's warm-up only to discover he was scratched from the lineup. He'd then race to the dressing room, slip on his suit and scurry up to the broadcast booth.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Hull Volants QJHL 45 22 27 49 115
1967-68 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 54 18 17 35 138
1968-69 Ottawa 67's OHA-Jr. 54 17 23 40 116 7 1 7 8 20
1969-70 Springfield Kings AHL 61 3 5 8 42 14 0 2 2 24
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 1 3 4 2 +5
1970-71 Springfield Kings AHL 60 9 23 32 94 12 2 10 12 17
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 39 2 3 5 35 -39
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 29 3 12 15 6 -6
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 35 3 9 12 10 -1
1972-73 New York Islanders NHL 10 0 3 3 12 -3
1973-74 New York Islanders NHL 78 5 23 28 100 -26
1974-75 New York Islanders NHL 73 9 24 33 59 -3 15 2 4 6 9
1975-76 New York Islanders NHL 78 17 55 72 74 +16 13 0 1 1 2
1976-77 New York Islanders NHL 79 10 36 46 26 +14 11 0 4 4 6
1977-78 New York Islanders NHL 34 1 10 11 8 +11
1977-78 Cleveland Barons NHL 40 3 14 17 30 -4
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 64 5 16 21 65 -10
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 9 3 7 10 10
1979-80 New York Islanders NHL 32 2 13 15 26 -12
1980-81 New York Islanders NHL 18 2 3 5 25 -4
NHL Totals 613 63 224 287 478 39 2 9 11 17


Brother of Denis Signed as a free agent by Los Angeles (Springfield-AHL), November 15, 1969. Traded to Philadelphia by Los Angeles with Eddie Joyal, Bill Flett and Ross Lonsberry for Bill Lesuk, Jim Johnson and Serge Bernier, January 28, 1972. Traded to NY Islanders by Philadelphia with future considerations (Glen Irwin, May 18, 1973) for Terry Crisp, March 5, 1973. Traded to Cleveland by NY Islanders with J. P. Parise for Wayne Merrick, Darcy Regier and Cleveland's 4th round choice (draft choice cancelled by the Cleveland-Minnesota merger) in the 1978 Amateur Draft, January 10, 1978. Placed on Minnesota Reserve List after Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, June 10, 1979.