Islanders Hall Of Famer Al Arbour Passes Away
New York Islanders legend, Al Arbour, the second-winningest coach in NHL history, died on Friday at the age of 82.
Arbour lead the Islanders dynasty teams of the late 70s and early 80s to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships.Arbour retired from coaching at the conclusion of the 1993-94 season with a total of 1,499 coached games. In 2007 at the age of 75, Arbour returned to the Islanders bench in order to hit 1,500 games coached with the organization.
Arbour is known as the most influential person in the history of the Islanders 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,” Islanders President and General Manager Garth Snow said. “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 only trailed Scotty Bowman for the league’s all-time mark in wins (782) and games coached (1,607).