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The Best Coach the Islanders ever had!!!

Rest in Peace AL !!!!

http://nypost.com/2015/08/28/islanders-legendary-coach-al-arbour-passes-away-at-82/

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Al Albour, the legendary Islanders coach who won 19 consecutive playoff series and four straight Stanley Cups, died on Friday morning after a long battle with Parkinsons and dementia. He was 82.[/background]
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Arbour is second all-time in wins and games coached, standing behind the Isles bench for 19 seasons. After retiring from coaching in 1994, Arbour was entered into the Hall of Fame in 1996 and continued working with the Islanders front office. Arbour coached his 1,500th game when he returned to the Islanders bench for a one-game stint on Nov. 3, 2007 in a 3-2 win over the Penguins.[/background]
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"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," current general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. "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."[/background]
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Arbour celebrating the Islanders fourth straight Stanley Cup in 1983.Photo: AP
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The native of Sudbury, Ontario, Arbour also had a successful 14-year playing career, winning three Stanley Cups - one with the Red Wings in 1954, and two with the Maple Leafs in 1962 and 1964. He retired in 1971 as a member of the Blues.[/background]
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Arbour is survived by his wife Claire and children Joann, Jay, Julie and Janice.[/background]
 

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Rest in Peace Al Arbour.

Iconic coach of one of the last great hockey dynasties. those early 80's Islanders. As a Rangers fan he was the mastermind behind the team we loved to hate. Thank you for all the great memories and emotions.

Condolences to his family, friends , players and fans.
 

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RIP Al - you brought much joy to Long Island................and pissed off a lot of Ranger fans!
 
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