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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Franchise to honor Al Arbour's milestone achievement in post-game ceremony

Al Arbour
It's time to update Al Arbour's banner and make it an even 1,500.

The Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour is returning for his 1,500th regular season game with the Islanders tonight when they host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum at 7:05 pm. Arbour's 1,500 games coached is the most by one man with one National Hockey League franchise, as are his 739 victories as head coach of the Islanders.

Prior to the game, there will be a ceremonial opening faceoff featuring two very important people in Arbour's legendary hockey career.

Immediately after the game, Arbour will be joined on the Coliseum ice by his wife Claire, the Arbour family, Ted Nolan, the 2007-08 Islanders and several of Al's former players as the franchise raises a new banner commemorating his 1,500th game as the head coach of the Islanders.

"For all that the Coach has done for our franchise," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow, "we are going to give Al and his family a night they will never forget. I'm sure we'll create plenty of memories for our team and our fans, too."

There are a limited amount of tickets remaining for Saturday's event. To get your tickets, click here.

For more information about Al Arbour Night, #1500, click here. And to find out more about the extended coverage, check out this article.

Check out Islanders TV for speeches by Al Arbour, Bobby Nystrom and Ray Ferraro at Al Arbour's retirement on June 1, 1994

  • For Arbour's speech click here.
  • For Nystrom's speech click here.
  • For Ferraro's speech click here.

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