UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 29: Thomas Vanek #26 of the New York Islanders skates in warmups prior to playing in his first NHL game against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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