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Blues First Captain, Al Arbour, Passes Away

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Al Arbour, the original captain of the St. Louis Blues, passed away Friday morning after a long battle with Parkinsons and dementia.

Arbour was 82.

In 231 games with the Blues from 1967-71, Arbour scored two goals and 21 assists (23 points). The defenseman started his career in St. Louis and would go on to play 626 regular season games in the NHL.

Arbour ranks second all-time in NHL coaching wins (782) and games (1,500) but got his start in St. Louis, where he took over as head coach from 1970-71. He also served a second stint behind the Blues bench from 1971-72. He would eventually win four consecutive Stanley Cups as the head coach of the New York Islanders.

The Sudbury, ONT native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996. He also won the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach in 1979.

Arbour is survived by his wife Claire and his children Joann, Jay, Julie and Janice.

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