UHL coach Potvin's death ruled suicide

2/10/2006 - NHL

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- 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

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 '80s..