BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 21: Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres is photographed by a group of female fans while warming up to play the Anaheim Ducks at HSBC Arena on December 21, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.
— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82