Brother of Brian and Ray Father of John Rookie of the Year Award WHL (1956) AHL First All-Star Team (1962)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, June, 1955. Traded to Detroit by Toronto for Frank Roggeveen and Johnny Wilson, June 9, 1959. Traded to NY Rangers (Buffalo-AHL) by Detroit for Pete Conacher, August, 1960.
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