DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 31: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings and teammate Ian White #18 stretch during warm-ups before an NHL game against the St Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena on December 31, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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