Marc Potvin

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Marc Potvin
Born(1967-01-29)January 29, 1967
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died January 13, 2006(2006-01-13) (aged 38)
Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
Hartford Whalers
Boston Bruins
NHL Draft 169th overall, 1986
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 19901998

Marc Potvin (January 29, 1967 – January 13, 2006) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 121 games in the National Hockey League between 1990 and 1996. The rest of his career, which lasted from 1990 to 1998, was mainly spent in the minor American Hockey League. After his playing career Potvin became a coach in the minor leagues, until his suicide in 2006. He was the cousin of Denis Potvin and Jean Potvin.


Playing career

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Potvin, second cousin of Hall of Famer Denis Potvin, was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the ninth round, 169th overall, in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. During his career, he played for four different NHL teams: the Red Wings (1990–91 to 1991–92), Los Angeles Kings (1992–93 to 1993–94), Hartford Whalers (1993–94), and Boston Bruins (1994–95 to 1995–96). In 121 NHL games, he scored 3 goals and had 5 assists for 8 points. He also amassed 456 penalty minutes. In 13 NHL playoff games, he scored no goals, had one assist and 50 penalty minutes.

Coaching career

For the 1998–99 season, Potvin was the assistant coach for the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League. The next season, he made the jump to head coach for the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL. After only one season there, he became the head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, where he stayed for two seasons. Part way through the 2003–04 season, he took over the head coach position of the Adirondack IceHawks in the UHL. He would continue coaching the team (renamed the Adirondack Frostbite) in Glens Falls, New York.


On January 13, 2006, Potvin was found dead in his hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan, hours before the Frostbite were to play the Kalamazoo Wings. On February 10, Kalamazoo police announced that his death had been ruled a suicide. It was discovered that he had hanged himself with a belt from the shower rod in his hotel bathroom. [1] [2] He had a wife, son, and daughter.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1984–85 Elmira Sugar Kings MWJHL 37212243108
1985–86 Stratford Cullitons MWJHL39224365180
1986–87 Bowling Green State University CCHA 435152074
1987–88 Bowling Green State UniversityCCHA4515213680
1988–89 Bowling Green State UniversityCCHA4623123563
1989–90 Bowling Green State UniversityCCHA4019173672
1989–90 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 52139401123
1990–91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 900055600032
1990–91 Adirondack Red WingsAHL6391322365
1991–92 Detroit Red WingsNHL51015210000
1991–92 Adirondack Red WingsAHL511316293141954957
1992–93 Adirondack Red WingsAHL3781220109
1992–93 Los Angeles Kings NHL200116110000
1993–94 Los Angeles KingsNHL300026
1993–94 Hartford Whalers NHL51235246
1994–95 Boston Bruins NHL60114
1994–95 Providence Bruins AHL2141418841224625
1995–96 Boston BruinsNHL2700012501118
1995–96 Providence BruinsAHL489918118
1996–97 Portland Pirates AHL71171532222500012
1997–98 Chicago Wolves IHL 8148121701000022
AHL totals29662801421221407916117
NHL totals121358456401392213

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  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2006-02-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)