Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Felix Potvin
As a Junior backstopper with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, Felix Potvin had the golden touch of an all-star. He led the league in shutouts for three years running; he was voted a second and first team all-star. He was chosen as the CHL Goaltender-of-the-Year; and, he made the Memorial Cup All-Star team and took home the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the top goaltender of the tournament. He then joined Team Canada to win a gold medal at the World Junior Championships.

Potvin was drafted in 1990 by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent his first pro season with their AHL affiliate in St. John's. That year, he won the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as the top goaltender of the AHL and the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Trophy as the league's Rookie-of-the-Year. To top things off, he tended goal in four games for the Leafs who saw what they liked thus clearing the way for the club to dispense with Grant Fuhr in favour of their new rookie netminder.

In his early years with the Leafs, Potvin was a workhorse who, in his first big-league campaign, carried his club to the semi-finals where they eventually lost to Wayne Gretzky and his Los Angeles Kings. By the time he'd completed his six-year run with the Blue and White, Potvin had more games played and wins than all other Leafs stoppers except for Turk Broda and Johnny Bower. He set a club record, leading the league in games played with 74 during the 1996-97 season. During that campaign, he faced more shots than any goaltender in league history.

With the signing of free agent Curtis Joseph, Potvin saw the writing on the wall and the Leafs finally dealt him to the New York Islanders.

After a short stay with the Islanders, Potvin was sent to Vancouver where his stay was just as short as in New York. Following to sub-par seasons with New York and Vancouver, Potvin made a triumphant return to the NHL in 2000-01 with the Los Angeles Kings where he was workhouse for the team during their playoff run.

In 2001-02 Potvin played in 71 games with the Kings posting a 31-27-8 record along with 2.31 GAA before battling injuries throughout the 2002-03 season. After parts of three seasons with the Kings, Potvin was acquired by the Boston Bruins in the summer of 2003. Potvin would appear in 28 games with the Bruins however would not be re-signed by the club following the 2003-04 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1987-88 Montreal-Bourassa QAAA 27 15 7 3 3 3.90 6 2 4 0 0 3.51
1988-89 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 65 27 31 1 2 4.66
1989-90 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 62 31 24 2 2 3.99 7 3 4 0 0 3.98
1990-91 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 54 33 14 4 6 2.70 16 11 4 0 0 2.78
1990-91 Canada WJC-A 2 2.25
1990-91 Chicoutimi Sagueneens M-Cup 3 1 2 0 0 2.76
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 0 2 1 0 2.29
1991-92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 35 18 10 6 2 2.93 11 7 4 0 3.83
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 25 15 7 2 2.50 21 11 10 1 2.84
1992-93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 5 3 0 2 0 3.50
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 34 22 9 3 2.89 18 9 9 3 2.46
1994-95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 36 15 13 7 0 2.91 7 3 4 1 2.83
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 30 26 11 2 2.87 6 2 4 0 3.26
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 27 36 7 0 3.15
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 26 33 7 5 2.73
1997-98 Canada WC-A 4 3 0 1 0 2.00
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 3 2 0 0 3.81
1998-99 New York Islanders NHL 11 2 7 1 0 3.66
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 22 5 14 3 1 3.21
1999-00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 34 12 13 7 0 2.59
2000-01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 35 14 17 3 1 3.08
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 23 13 5 5 5 1.96 13 7 6 2 2.44
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 31 27 8 6 2.31 7 3 4 1 2.16
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 42 17 20 3 3 2.66
2003-04 Boston Bruins NHL 28 12 8 6 4 2.50
NHL Totals 635 266 260 85 32 2.76 72 35 37 8 2.63


QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1989)
QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1990)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1991)
Canadian Major Junior Goaltender of the Year (1991)
Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1991)
Hap Emms Memorial Trophy (Memorial Cup Top Goaltender) (1991)
AHL First All-Star Team (1992)
Dudley ``Red'' Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1992)
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (Outstanding Goaltender - AHL) (1992)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1993) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1994, 1996)
Traded to NY Islanders by Toronto with Toronto's 6th round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Fedor Fedorov) in 1999 Entry Draft for Bryan Berard and NY Islanders' 6th round choice (Jan Sochor) in 1999 Entry Draft, January 9, 1999. Traded to Vancouver by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 2nd round compensatory choice (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected Teemu Laine) in 2000 Entry Draft and NY Islanders' 3rd round choice (Thatcher Bell) in 2000 Entry Draft for Kevin Weekes, Dave Scatchard and Bill Muckalt, December 19, 1999. Traded to Los Angeles by Vancouver for future considerations, February 15, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Boston, September 3, 2003.