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Felix Potvin was born in Anjou, Quebec, Canada on June 23, 1971. He played his junior hockey in a offense happy Quebec Major Hockey League, but was a standout goalie. He played in the World Junior Championships and was one of young, up and coming butterfly style goales. Felix was drafted in the second round of the 1990 NHL entry draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played a season with the St John's affiliate of the AHL before making the jump to the NHL. He lead them to a conference final and was a great complement to the Leaf teams of the early 1990s that also included the likes of Doug Gilmour and Dave Andreychuk. His calm demeanor and very quick reflexes (and of course his first name) quickly got him the nickname - "The Cat". He was a very good goalie though also a very quiet and private person. Even as his career was doing well, Felix Potvin hit the first bump in the road when the Leafs signed free agent goalie Curtis Joseph in 1999. That meant the departure of the Cat from Toronto.

His next stop was on Long Island where he spent a couple of seasons with the New York Islanders. He had some success in New York, but was again on the move - this time moving back up to Canada and playing with the Vancouver Canucks. In Vancouver he provided some much needed veteran presence as young goalie Dan Cloutier was learning the ropes. Up next was a slightly longer stint on the west coast of America, with the Los Angles Kings. In 2003, he played one season with the Boston Bruins and has not yet found a team to play for since the lockout ended.

It is not really known what Felix is doing these days. He is a family man so one can assume he has is spending time with his wife and kids. I still think that a team needing a veteran goalie should give him a call!


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