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30 Years and Potvin Still Sucks

posted Mar 25, 2009, 6:28 AM by Steven Seagal

Thirty years ago today, Denis Potvin murdered Ulf Nilson's ankle "by accident", forever making him a Rangers nemesis. I admit that as a kid I loved the "Potvin Sucks" chant even though I had no idea who Denis Potvin was or what he did. I just knew it was fun to yell Potvin Sucks. It guess I wanted to be cool, this coming from the same guy whose favorite video game is still Bubble Bobble. Anyway, that hit, which coincidentally or consequently seemed to ruin Nilson's career, gave Rangers fans a reason to hate the Islanders. The four Stanley Cups the Islanders won after that further increased the hatred. The Islanders fans also made it worse by chanting "1940" over and over again at every home game, which later spread around the league. God, I hated that.