Claimed by Montreal as a fill-in during Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979. Traded to Pittsburgh by Montreal for Pittsburgh's 3rd round choice (later traded to Winnipeg Winnipeg selected Peter Taglianetti) in 1983 Entry Draft, September 26, 1980. Traded to Hartford by Pittsburgh for Hartford's 6th round choice (Paul Edwards) in 1981 Entry Draft, February 20, 1981.
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