KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Marc Potvin, a minor league hockey coach and former NHL player, was found dead in a hotel room Friday, hours before his team was to play. He was 38.
There was no evidence of foul play, said Lt. Michael Werkema of
the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. The coach's body was
discovered in the morning, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.
Potvin coached the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey
League. Friday night's game between the Frostbite and the Kalamazoo
Wings was postponed.
Potvin was a second cousin of NHL Hall of Famer Denis Potvin, a
three-time Norris Trophy winner who led the New York Islanders to
four Stanley Cups during the 1970s and '80s.
"Marc was not only a respected coach in this league but also a
great friend to us all," Richard Brosal, the UHL's president and
chief executive officer, said in a statement issued by the league.
Potvin played in the NHL for nine seasons, with Detroit, Los
Angeles, Hartford and Boston and was a member of the Kings' 1993
Stanley Cup runner-up team. The right wing's last NHL season was in
1995-96 with the Bruins. He also coached and played in the American
Potvin was in his second full season as coach of the Frostbite,
a team based in Glens Falls, N.Y. He took over midway through the
2003-04 season. The UHL franchise is co-owned by ESPN hockey
analyst and former NHL player and coach Barry Melrose and ESPN
broadcaster Steve Levy.
The Red Wings selected Potvin in the ninth round of the 1986
draft. Potvin played 121 games in the NHL but only 14 in his two
seasons with the Red Wings. He played at Bowling Green State from
Potvin was born in Ottawa and lived in Glens Falls and in North
Canton, Ohio, with his wife, Maria, and their two children.