I've been asked by people at games "what are they saying?", "who is Potvin?", and my favorite "what number is he?" - of course the person who doesn't know the history of the chant thinks that this Potvin fellow is on the ice and he plays for the opposition.
The truth is, this guy called "Potvin", is Denis Potvin. He was a long-time Islander captain and one of the best defensemen ever to play in the NHL (I didn't just say that Rangers fans) but he retired in 1988. So, why are Rangers fans still chanting "Potvin Sucks!", more than 20 years later?
I found an excellent article over at Why Potvin Sucks - if you want to know the history the "Potvin Sucks!" chant then I recommend you check it out. A good read and even if you know about the Ulf Nilsson incident, which was the origin for the hatred towards Potvin by Rangers fans, you might be interested to hear the rest of the details.
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