Al Arbour, Dead at 82

Alger Joseph Al Arbour was 82. He is second to Scotty Bowman for most wins and games coached in league history. As coach of the New York Islanders, he led the team to four Stanley Cups in a row, stringing together 19 straight playoff series victories, a professional sports record.

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Al Arbour was favorite player in the 60's or so my late Mom told me many times.

I had eye problems as a young child & had to wear glasses starting in Kindergarten. Nobody else wore them in school at that time. I loved hockey & watched every Sat. nite with Mom & Dad.
Mom would tell me "see, Al Arbour - he wears glasses & he plays hockey". He was only a very few to play with glasses. To this day i remember that.

RIP Al - a true gentleman, a great coach & thanks for making an impact on my life when I was young.

August 28, 2015 @ 5:35 PM

Robbie J

I remember Al used to own a sports shop in Sudbury…I think it was called "Sports Unlimited" or something like that….not too far from my cousins house

Anyhow, as a kid I spent a lot of summers in Sudbury as my cottage was north-west of there (long story….don't ask) and one day in the summer of 1979 Al had Mike Bossy at the store signing autographs so my cousins and I decided to go over.
I was 8 at the time and still impressionable to hockey players and had heard of Bossy but not much more then that. But here was an NHL star in front of me making me feel like the most important person in the room.
From that moment on I was a Bossy and Islanders fan and I still have the signed jersey upstarts in a closet.

Al was there that day and happy that people were coming in to see his new superstar. If only we knew at that moment was about to happen over the next 5 seasons.

36 years later, I still remember the summer I met Al Arbour and Mike Bossy at a sports store in Sudbury.
Forever grateful Al.


August 28, 2015 @ 6:54 PM

Rick C in Oakville

A relative of my father's (Craig Cameron ) played with Al Arbour in the 66-68 seasons.
Sad to see all the players of my youth all succumbing to old age.

August 28, 2015 @ 11:55 PM

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