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Former New York Islanders Mike Bossy, left, and

Former New York Islanders Mike Bossy, left, and captain Denis Potvin, from the core of the four Stanleyy Cup-winning New York Islanders hockey teams of 1979-1982, chat during a pre-game ceremony at Nassau Coliseum. (Credit: AP, 2008)

MSG is back with a second season of “The Garden Transformed’’ all this coming week, but the show hockey fans – remember hockey? – might find most interesting is Episode 2 Tuesday.

That night Denis Potvin will recall his 1979 hit on Ulf Nilsson that led to an enduring chant involving his name that I’m assuming I am not permitted to quote here.

“This was not funny at the time,’’ Potvin says on the show, “but now we are talking 30 years later and I like to think it’s a thought of respect.  New York is the greatest city in the world as far as I’m concerned, and it goes along with the appreciation of sports people.”

Potvin adds, jokingly, "I think the Rangers organization should really do [the chant] justice and hang my jersey right here at Madison Square Garden. You don’t think that’s going to happen, right?"

Potvin also tells the mostly forgotten tale of then-Rangers coach Mike Keenan trying to lure him out of retirement to play for the bound-for-glory 1993-94 Blueshirts.

“I would have been part of the Stanley Cup team,’’ Potvin said. “But eventually I told Mike, ‘I’m very excited and honored you would be serious about it, but I’ve been out of the game for six years,’ and I said, no, that is not going to work.”

Tags: MSG , Islanders , Rangers , naughty chants

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