RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 7: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes is greeted by excited hockey fans as he makes his way to the ice prior to an NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 7, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth/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