19 Facts About Al Arbour


Alger Joseph Arbour was a Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and executive.

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Al Arbour is third to Joel Quenneville for games coached in National Hockey League history and fifth all-time in wins, behind Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville, Ken Hitchcock and Barry Trotz.

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Al Arbour played his first professional games with the Detroit Red Wings in 1953.

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Al Arbour played with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the next five years, winning another Cup in 1962.

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Al Arbour was selected by the St Louis Blues in their 1967 expansion draft and played his final four seasons with the team.

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Al Arbour won nineteen consecutive playoff series, which remains an NHL and North American sports record.

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Al Arbour was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach in 1979.

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Al Arbour was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy for his contributions to the sport and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Al Arbour started his playing career in 1954 with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Al Arbour later skated for the Chicago Black Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, and St Louis Blues.

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Al Arbour is one of only 11 players in Stanley Cup history to win the Cup with three or more different teams.

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Al Arbour was the first captain of the expansion St Louis Blues, and played for them when they lost in Cup finals in 1968,1969,1970.

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Al Arbour was known for laying down in front of the goaltender to block shots on goal with his body.

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Al Arbour began his coaching career with the Iowa Hawkeyes hockey team in 1967 and at the time led them in his first year to their best record at.

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Al Arbour won the Jack Adams Award for the team's stellar regular season.

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Al Arbour's Islanders defeated Pittsburgh in overtime of the seventh game of the series.

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At that time Al Arbour had won 739 games as an Islander coach, and a banner with that number was raised to the rafters at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 25,1997.

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On November 3,2007, Al Arbour returned, at the request of Islanders coach Ted Nolan, to coach his 1,500th game for the Islanders.

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Al Arbour is the only coach in NHL history to coach 1,500 games for the same team.

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