Al Arbour, Former Islanders Coach, Dies at Age 82

August 28th, 2015 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

Legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour, who led the franchise to four straight Stanley Cups starting in 1980, has died at the age of 82.

The Islanders confirmed the news Friday. Team president and general manager Garth Snow talked about the lasting impact Arbour had on the organization.

Al will always be remembered as one of, if not the, greatest coaches ever to stand behind a bench in the history of the National Hockey League. The New York Islanders franchise has four Stanley Cups to its name, thanks in large part to Al's incredible efforts. From his innovative coaching methods, to his humble way of life away from the game, Al is one of the reasons the New York Islanders are a historic franchise. On behalf of the entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Arbour family.

Arbour started his playing career as a defenseman with the Detroit Hettche of the IHL in 1949, according to HockeyDB. He reached the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1953-54 season before making stops with the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues.

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