Denis Charles Potvin (October 29, 1953-) is the first defenseman in NHL history to surpass the 1,000-point mark and was the foundation of the New York Islanders defense that won four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships (1980-83). The New York Islanders took Potvin with the Number 1 overall pick of the 1973 NHL Entry Draft and he did not disappoint as he won the 1974 Calder Trophy, honoring the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. Denis was the total package as he stood up the opposition’s streaking forwards, blocked shots and quarterbacked the power play for the emerging Islanders. In 1975-76, his third season, he was awarded the Norris Trophy, honoring the NHL’s top defenseman, on the heels of 31 goals and 67 assists and 256 shots on goal. He was again named the NHL’s top defenseman in 1978 and 1979, tallying 94 and 101 points respectively. In 15 seasons with the New York Islanders (1973-1988), Denis topped the 20-goal mark nine times, including three seasons of 30 or more. He was a member of two Canada Cup teams that reached the finals in 1976 and 1982, capturing the 1976 title over Czechoslovakia. During the Islanders four championship seasons, Denis scored 27 playoff goals and 58 assists in 78 playoff games. Potvin also served as the Isles’ captain from 1979-1987. Denis fought injuries in the latter part of his career that would eventually force his retirement. He finished his career with 310 regular season goals and 742 assists for 1,052 points in 1,060 while adding an incredible +460 plus/minus rating. 56 goals and 108 assists in 185 games marked his playoff career. Denis Potvin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. Potvin joined the Florida Panthers broadcaster crew from 1993-2009 as a color commentator.