January 13, 2006

Ex-Red Wing Marc Potvin, 38, Found Dead: Found in his hotel Friday Afternoon. This is tragic.

posted by skydivedad to hockey at 07:33 PM - 5 comments

Wow - he was my age. I send my prayers up for his family.

posted by skydivemom at 07:45 PM on January 13

Potvin 's death sucks! I liked him as a Bruin, even though he was at the tail-end of his usefulness. He seemed like a stand-up guy. I wonder what the cause was? I hope there's hockey wherever he is now.

posted by Samsonov14 at 07:56 PM on January 13

Yea! He was a real popular coach around here. This is UHL country around here with several teams. No sign of fowl play. Feel awful for his wife and young children.

posted by skydivedad at 07:59 PM on January 13

i live in glens falls where the frostbite play. i was beyond shocked when i saw this on the news. he was very popular here because he helped resurrect the frostbite, then the icehawks, from the dead with melrose and made them into the legit team that they are today. he was also a popular player with the adirondack red wings, detroits former triple a affiliate, he helped them win their last of 4 calder cups before the franchise folded because they couldnt compete on or off the ice with the nearby albany river rats. i dont remember the a-wings glory days from the 80s but last year, the frostbite hosted the uhl all star game. i attended it and prior to the game, there was a red wings alumni vs. uhl and espn staff game. one of my favorite memories from that game was when potvin, playing for the red wings, sucker elbowed his boss (friendly of course) frostbite co-owner and espn commentator steve levy, who was playing for team uhl. on that note, i cant imagine what it must be like for the family, but i also cant even begin to think what must be going thru the players minds. just last weekend, the 6th, 7th, and 8th, they played 3 games in 3 days in 2 cities, a home and home with elmira, and a sunday game vs. muskegon. the skydivers know what im talking about...elmira sucks. they lost the friday game in a shootout and lost the saturday game in regulation, for the first 2 times elmira beat the frostbite this year. muskegon beat them last sunday in what would eventually be potvins final game. after that game, he ripped the team for their poor showings and picking up 1 out of a possible 6 points...this coming after a sizzling start to the season. it was just business as usual then, but now in retrospect.........how does that make a player feel knowing that they underperformed and were in his doghouse when he died?? knowing they will never be able to win and make a good impression again?? its like when we were little kids we all had that little brother or sister that we hated....imagine we were bullying them around then they died the next day and you never got to apologize for it?? thats what the players are going through and its gotta be the most uncomfortable most unbearable embarrassing feeling that they will carry around for the rest of their lives. RIP coach potvin

posted by nyfan at 01:01 AM on January 14

oh man he was one of my favorite players when he played. it really sucks that he died

posted by united-soccer at 10:58 AM on January 14

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