February 10, 2006

iWon - Sports News: Death of UHL Coach Potvin Ruled Suicide

iWon - Sports News
"The death of former NHL player Marc Potvin has been ruled a suicide.

The 38-year-old Potvin used a belt to hang himself from a shower curtain rod, police Sgt. Scott Merlo said Friday.

Potvin, coach of the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League, was found dead Jan. 13 in his Kalamazoo hotel room just hours before his team was to play against the Kalamazoo Wings.

Authorities had ruled out foul play, but were awaiting toxicology test results before announcing a cause of death. The results came back Wednesday, and the medical examiner ruled the death a suicide, Merlo said.

Tests showed that Potvin's blood-alcohol content was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for drunken driving in Michigan.

Potvin lived in Glens Falls, N.Y., and in North Canton, Ohio, with his wife, Maria, and their two children. He was in his second full season with Adirondack.

The Detroit Red Wings selected him in the ninth round of the 1986 draft. He played pro hockey for nine seasons, including six in the NHL with Detroit, Los Angeles, Hartford and Boston.

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."

3 Comments:

Anonymous John said...

Man that sucks Dave... But I need to say that I've always believed that suicide is nothing more than a coward's way out of one's problems in life. Poor guy, and the family too. Rather a selfish act isn't it?

February 10, 2006  
Blogger Dave Stone said...

John,
My family experienced this last year when a brother committed suicide. It defies explanation and leaves the survivors blaming themselves for not recognizing signs of any problem, whether or not there was any behaivor to suggest such a final outcome.

February 10, 2006  
Anonymous John said...

I'm sorry about your loss Dave. But sometimes there aren't any warning signs. It's still an awfully selfish thing to do... And sad too.

February 12, 2006  

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