Signed as a free agent by Toronto, August 20, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 20, 1997. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 24, 1998. Claimed by Atlanta from NY Islanders in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Traded to Philadelphia by Atlanta with Atlanta's 3rd (later traded to Phoenix Phoenix selected Tyler Redenbach) and 7th (later traded to San Jose San Jose selected Joe Pavelski) round choices in 2003 Entry Draft for Francis Lessard, March 15, 2002.
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