Claimed by Atlanta from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 25, 1999. Missed majority of 2003-04 due to foot (November 15, 2003 vs. Philadelphia) and hip (January 30, 2004 vs. Toronto) injuries. Signed as a free agent by Sherbrooke (QNAHL), November 16, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Mannheim (Germany), January 13, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 28, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), July 18, 2007.
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