John Tortorellea, coaching his first game with the New York Rangers, talks with defenseman Marc Staal during a break in the action in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre February 25, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/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