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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

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

The Islanders celebrated Al Arbour's historic accomplishment in the only way they knew possible - with a memorable ceremony.

Following the final buzzer and the congratulatory handshakes of the Islanders 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the entire Islanders team stayed on the ice for a special ceremony.

Carpet was laid down across the ice as the sellout crowd, the players and coaches watched a tribute video to Al Arbour.

At its conclusion, Arbour's entire family, led by wife Claire, joined Al on the ice.

Captains Bill Guerin, Mike Sillinger and Brendan Witt presented Arbour with a commemorative framed "Arbour 1500" jersey.

Also helping with the festivities were many of Al's former players, who entered the ice surface carrying a new banner. Ed Westfall, Gerry Hart, Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies, Jean Potvin, Mike Hordy, Richie Hansen, Pat LaFontaine, Benoit Hogue, Steve Webb and Eric Cairns were each received by roaring applause from the crowd that stood for the entire ceremony.

Before raising the "Arbour 1500" banner, the entire team, Al's family and the Islanders alumni took a group shot with Al and the banner. The final touch to the event came with an explosion of confetti as the "Arbour 1500" banner reached its resting placing high atop the ice surface.

Check out tonight's photo gallery and search "Arbour" in the Islanders TV console for complete coverage of Saturday's memorable evening.
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