Denis Potvin was a Hall of Fame calibre player. He won four Stanley Cups and is one of the best defencemen of all-time.
But he may not be getting a plaque in the Hall of Fame for his broadcasting work anytime soon.
During the melee that followed the Vancouver Canucks’ 3-2 overtime win over the Florida Panthers on Monday, Potvin, who is part of Florida’s broadcast team, went to work.
“The Sedins are pointing fingers now. Normally they only use those fingers to lick peanut butter off their bread. What are they doing?”
Before you ask, nobody knows what the licking peanut butter off their bread thing means.
Potvin continued on, calling Daniel Sedin a “low life”.
The comments really said more about Potvin than they did about Henrik or Daniel Sedin. The Sedins are two of the classiest players in the league, and have proved themselves for more than 15 years. Immediately jumping all over them with very little proof of anything revealed Potvin’s bias.
Today, Potvin issued an apology through the Panthers’ website:
“My choice of words at the conclusion of the Vancouver game on Monday should have been more appropriate. In the passion of the moment and under the circumstances of how the game ended, they came out wrong. For that I’m going to extend my sincere apologies to Daniel Sedin, Trevor Linden and the Canucks organization.”
Now, technically Potvin slandered both Sedins with the peanut butter comment. But I guess they’ll take it.