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RIP: Al Arbour

It is a sad day for the New York Islanders and the National Hockey League as it was announced that Al Arbour passed away at his home in Sarasota, Florida from complications of Parkinson’s and Dementia.  He was 82 years old.

Arbour was best known as the Head Coach of the Islanders dynasty that won four consecutive Stanley Cups (1980, 1981, 1982 & 1983) and won nineteen playoff series.  He would coach an even 1,500 games for the Islanders, and would be selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.

Al Arbour may have been best known for building the Islanders into a powerhouse but he also won another four Stanley Cups as a player, (one with Detroit 1954, one with Chicago 1961 and two with Toronto 1962 & 1964).  Arbour was viewed by many as a master tactician, and many of his former players have cited him as the best coach they ever had.

We here at offer our condolences to the friends and family of Al Arbour. 

Al Arbour

Al Arbour had a respectable career in the National Hockey League playing in over 600 games and winning three Stanley Cups.  However, it was as a Head Coach that he entered the Hall of Fame.  As soon as Arbour retired as a player with the St. Louis Blues, he was inserted as their Head Coach, but it was in Long Island where he found his chance to shine.  Arbour took over the second year New York Islanders and he brought them to respectability and later four consecutive Stanley Cups.  As always, as any Head Coach of a dynasty can punch their ticket to the Hall of Fame.  Al Arbour was no exception.
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