NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 26: Ryan Ellis #49 of the Nashville Predators laces his skates for his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings prior to a game at the Bridgestone Arena on December 26, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/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