Islanders plan to honour Al Arbour with jersey patch

A look back at the storied career and life of New York Islanders legendary coach and Hall-of-Famer Al Arbour, who passed away at the age of 82.

The New York Islanders are planning to honour the late Al Arbour this upcoming season by wearing a commemorative patch on their jerseys, according to a report from Newsday Sports.

Arbour passed away on August 28 at age 82, and is remembered by his peers and former players as a revered teacher and mentor.

The longtime coach led the Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups (1980-83), an NHL-record 19 consecutive playoff series wins, and remains the second-winningest coach in league history.

“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 general manager Garth Snow said in a statement released by the team last week. “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.”

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