dennis potvin

Since we had mentioned Dennis Potvin the other day, this seems like as good a time as any to follow up with this video. On January 28, 1986, Potvin scored in the Islanders 9-2 rout of the Maple Leafs at the Coliseum, breaking Orr's record for goals scored by a defenseman.

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Nearly a month earlier, on December 25, 1985, Potvin broke Orr's record for points by a defender. He currently sits in 5th on the all-time goals list and 7th in points, behind many of the great defenders of the 80s and 90s such as Ray Bourque, the all-time leader in both categories, Paul Coffey and Al MacInnis. However, Orr and Potvin are still impressively first and seond on the list of goals per game, scoring their goals at an impressive pace.

Tags: bobby orr, dennis potvin, History, Islanders, News, retro video, video, youtube
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Every town has it's ghost stories, I'm sure you remember the one from the town where you grew up. Maybe your town had the one about a certain bridge that high school kids drove to, turned off their car lights, and saw a shadowy figure. Or maybe your town believed the one about the house on the hill, whose lights would turn on only after dark. The Islanders have their own such ghost stories, and one of the most prominent involves Pat LaFontaine buying the team.

LaFontaine's a former Islander and NHL star, so he's never had the money to buy a team by himself -- barring some lottery windfall. But he's forever been rumored to be putting together a group of investors with which to buy the team from current owner Charles Wang. The LaFontaine ownership story has been on message boards and blogs many times over the years, and with all due respect to those places and people, it never really had legs from serious mainstream sources.

Today, the LaFontaine ghost story just got a very serious mainstream source. Via Larry Brooks and Josh Kosman at the New York Post:

Tags: Arena News, bob nystrom, dennis potvin, ed blumenfeld, News, pat lafontaine, Editorial Aside
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