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    Al Arbour, the Hall of Fame Islanders coach, who combined old-school discipline with forward-thinking creativity to produce a modern sports dynasty with four straight Stanley Cup titles, died Friday after a long illness. He was 82.

    The Islanders confirmed Arbour's passing in a statement on Friday afternoon.

    "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."

    While his players were in the locker room on May 17, 1983, drinking champagne out of the Stanley Cup for the fourth time, Arbour said in a television interview: "There is no team with greater character, in any sport."

    That came, in large part, from the man who was persuaded to take the coaching job in 1973 when general manager Bill Torrey showed him that the North Shore of Long Island was nothing like New York City. At first, Arbour wanted no part of Long Island because he did not think it was a good place to raise a family. By the time he was done, though, Arbour himself had become a part of Long Island, a member of its family. He remains one of its most towering and beloved figures who put it forever on the hockey map with four consecutive Stanley Cups. . . . .

    "Al Arbour, who led Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups, dies," by Mark Herrmann, Newsday, 28 Aug 2015
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    Another great one passes!

    If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

    Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!


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