Félix Potvin

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Félix Potvin
Born (1971-06-23) June 23, 1971 (age 43)
Anjou, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg; 13 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
Los Angeles Kings
Boston Bruins
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 31st overall, 1990
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1991–2004

Félix "The Cat" Potvin (born June 23, 1971) is a former National Hockey League goaltender.

QMJHL career[edit]

From 1988 through to 1991 Potvin played with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) team. In the 1990–91 season Potvin was awarded the Guy Lafleur Trophy as Playoff MVP.

NHL career[edit]

Potvin was drafted in the 2nd round, 31st overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1990 National Hockey League entry draft. In the 1991–92 season, Potvin played 35 games for the St. John's Maple Leafs, compiling a 2.93 GAA. For his efforts, Potvin was awarded the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (rookie of the year), the Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy as the top goaltender in the AHL and selected to the AHL First All-Star Team. During that season, Potvin was called up to the NHL and saw brief action in 4 games, compiling a 2.28 GAA and a .933 save percentage. While in the AHL, Potvin lived just outside the capital city in the area known as "The Goulds.'

It wasn't until the 1992–93 season that Potvin became a regular in the NHL. That season he played 48 games, compiling a 2.50 GAA (1st in the NHL) and a solid .910 save %. The rapid acceleration of his development led the coaching staff to establish him as their #1 goaltender, and prompted the trade of Grant Fuhr to the Buffalo Sabres. That season, Potvin also backstopped the Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup conference finals, only to lose to the Los Angeles Kings in a grueling seven game series. His efforts did not go in vain, however. His dynamic performance made him a finalist for the Calder Trophy.

In the 1993–94 season, Potvin silenced any doubts of a sophomore jinx. He posted 34 wins and a solid 2.89 GAA, including tying Kirk McLean's then NHL record for most wins in October with nine.[1] He was also voted to his first NHL All-Star Game. In the 1993–94 playoffs, Potvin recorded 3 shutouts in the first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, all by a 1–0 margin, including the final NHL game ever played at the illustrious Chicago Stadium. He also became the first Maple Leafs goaltender to stop a penalty shot in a Stanley Cup Playoff game, when he stopped Chicago's Patrick Poulin. Potvin again brought his team to the conference finals, this time losing to the Vancouver Canucks in five games.

In the 1995–96 season, Potvin was selected to his 2nd NHL All-Star Game. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs exited in the first round of the playoffs. The following season, with the aging of the defense corps in front of him, Potvin and the Maple Leafs would miss the playoffs. He would set an NHL record for most shots faced in a season, 2,438, later broken by Roberto Luongo during his stint with the Florida Panthers. In the 1998–99 season, Toronto signed free agent Curtis Joseph, leaving Potvin expendable. He would play in only 5 games due to a knee injury, before he and 6th round pick (Fedor Fedorov) were traded to the New York Islanders for defenceman Bryan Berard and a 6th round pick. Despite the new surroundings, Potvin was unable to reclaim the success he had earlier in his career.

The next season, Potvin, a 2nd round, and 3rd round draft pick were traded to the Vancouver Canucks for Kevin Weekes, Dave Scatchard and Bill Muckalt. Potvin struggled with the Canucks and in the 2000–01 season he was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations. Immediately, Potvin made an impact in a Kings uniform. He led the Kings to the 7th seed, recording 13 wins and 5 losses, and a remarkable 1.96 GAA and a .919 save %. Potvin led the Kings to a first-round upset of the Detroit Red Wings, and pushed the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche to a 7th game in the second round, recording 2 shutouts in that series. Game 6 of that series was a memorable duel between Potvin and Colorado goalie Patrick Roy, which the Kings and Potvin won 1-0 in double overtime.

Potvin again led the Kings to the 2002 playoffs, where they pushed the Colorado Avalanche to seven games (rallying from a 3-1 series deficit) in the 1st round.

In September 2003, Potvin was signed to a 1-year contract by the Boston Bruins. He backed-up Calder Trophy Winner Andrew Raycroft during the 2003–04 season. Coincidentally, Raycroft broke Potvin's record for consecutive games played by a Maple Leafs goalie during the 2006–07 season. Potvin has not played for an NHL team since the 2003–04 season.

Early in the 2005–06 season, the Atlanta Thrashers were in talks with Potvin in hopes of signing him after starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen and backup goaltender Mike Dunham went down with injuries. However, Potvin did not have equipment that conformed to the new NHL standards, nor did he wish to accept the two-way contract that was being offered to him, so the Thrashers instead decided to sign Steve Shields.

Coaching[edit]

Potvin currently lives with his family in Magog, Quebec, and is the head coach for the midget AAA Magog Cantonniers.[2]

Awards[edit]

  • 1995–96 NHL All-Star Game
  • 1993–94 NHL All-Star Game
  • 1992–93 NHL All-Rookie Team
  • 1991–92 AHL Dudley "Red" Garret Memorial Trophy
  • 1991–92 AHL Baz Bastien Memorial Trophy
  • 1990–91 CHL Goaltender of the Year
  • 1990–91 QMJHL Jacques Plante Trophy
  • 1990–91 QMJHL Guy Lafleur Trophy
  • 1990–91 QMJHL Hap Emms Trophy

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1988–89 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 65 25 31 1 3489 271 2 4.46
1989–90 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 62 31 26 2 3478 231 2 3.99
1990–91 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 54 33 15 4 3216 145 6 2.70 .910
1991–92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 34 18 10 6 2070 101 2 2.93 .908
1991–92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 0 2 1 210 8 0 2.29 .933
1992–93 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 5 3 0 2 309 18 0 3.50 .894
1992–93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 25 15 7 2781 116 2 2.50 .910
1993–94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 34 22 9 3883 187 2 2.89 .907
1994–95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 36 15 13 7 2144 104 0 2.91 .907
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 30 26 11 4009 192 2 2.87 .910
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 27 36 7 4217 224 0 3.15 .908
1997–98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 26 33 7 3864 176 5 2.73 .906
1998–99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 3 2 0 299 19 0 3.81 .866
1998–99 New York Islanders NHL 11 2 7 1 606 37 0 3.66 .893
1999–00 New York Islanders NHL 22 5 14 3 1273 68 1 3.21 .892
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 34 12 13 7 1996 85 0 2.59 .906
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 35 14 17 3 2006 103 1 3.08 .887
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 23 13 5 5 1410 46 5 1.96 .919
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 31 27 8 4071 157 6 2.31 .907
2002–03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 42 17 20 3 2367 105 3 2.66 .894
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 28 12 8 6 1605 67 4 2.50 .903
NHL totals 636 266 260 85 36765 1694 32 2.76 .905

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1990–91 Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 16 11 5 992 46 0 2.78
1991–92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 11 7 4 642 41 0 3.83
1992–93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 11 10 1308 62 1 2.84 .903
1993–94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 9 9 1124 46 3 2.46 .912
1994–95 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 3 4 424 20 1 2.83 .921
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 2 4 350 19 0 3.27 .904
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 13 7 6 812 33 2 2.44 .909
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 7 3 4 417 15 1 2.16 .925
NHL totals 72 35 37 4435 195 8 2.64 .910

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