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THE NYI STAT PACK - AL ARBOUR'S 1500TH

by Adam Baruch / New York Islanders


Al's records and accomplishments as a head coach with the Islanders

Below is a list of major coaching categories that Al is at or near the top of:


ALL-TIME LEADERS AMONG COACHES

The statistics listed below include the 2007-08 NHL season:



Regular Season Games (Same Team)                               Regular Season Wins (Same Team)

1. Al Arbour/NYI              1,500                                               1. Al Arbour/NYI                    740

2. Billy Reay/CHI              1,012                                               2. Billy Reay/CHI                  516

3. Jack Adams/DET          964                                                 3. Toe Blake/MTL                500

3. Toe Blake/MTL               914                                                4. Glen Sather/EDM            464

4. Dick Irvin Sr./MTL            896                                                5. Dick Irvin Sr./MTL            431


 

Regular Season

1. Scotty Bowman

2. Al Arbour

3. Dick Irvin Sr.

4. Pat Quinn

5. Mike Keenan

6. Bryan Murray

7. Brian Sutter

8. Pat Burns

9. Jacques Martin

10. Ron Wilson


Playoff

1. Scotty Bowman

2. Al Arbour

3. Dick Irvin Sr.

4. Pat Quinn

5. Mike Keenan

6. Pat Burns

7. Glen Sather

8. Toe Blake

9. Ken Hitchcock

T9. Billy Reay

Games

2,141

1,607

1,449

1,318

1,222

1,221

1,028

1,019

1,016

1,009


Games

353

209

188

183

160

149

126

119

117

117

Regular Season

1. Scotty Bowman

2. Al Arbour

3. Dick Irvin Sr.

4. Pat Quinn

5. Bryan Murray

6. Mike Keenan

7. Billy Reay

8. Pat Burns

9. Toe Blake

10. Glen Sather


Playoff

1. Scotty Bowman

2. Al Arbour

3. Dick Irvin Sr.

4. Pat Quinn

5. Mike Keenan

6. Glen Sather

7. Toe Blake

8. Pat Burns

9. Ken Hitchcock

10. Fred Shero

Wins

1,244

782

692

657

613

584

542

501

500

497


Wins

223

123

100

94

91

89

82

78

66

63













































ALL-TIME LEADERS AMONG COACHES CONTINUED...


  Stanley  Cups #
1. Scoty Bowman 9
2. Toe Blake 8
3. Hap Day 5
T4. Al Arbour, Punch Imlach, Dick Irvin, Glen Sather 4
T8. Al Arbour, Punch Imlach, Dick Irvin, Glen Sather 3


THE COACH VS. THE OPPONENT

Overall, there are few coaches to match or come close to the success the legendary Al Arbour has had in the National Hockey League. After 739 victories with the Islanders in 1,499 games, we decided to breakdown how Al fared against each opponent during his long run with the Orange and Blue. Arbour faced 26 different teams during his time as coach of the Islanders and had either a winning or .500 record vs. 21 of those organizations. Below is a compilation of Arbour’s records vs. each organization:

                                                                      

 Al Arbour’s record against all NHL opponents:

  W L T
Anaheim Ducks 
1 1 0
Boston Bruins 21 35 12
Buffalo Sabres 27 32 10
Atlanta-Calgary Flames
35 21 17
Chicago Blackhawks 31 24 14
Oak.-Cal.-Clev. Barons (1967-77)
11 4 6
Minnesota-Dallas Stars
36 18 13
Detroit Red Wings 34 25 4
Edmonton Oilers
13 15 11
Florida Panthers
0 5 0
Hartford Whalers  
22 14 7
Los Angeles Kings 29 22 11
Montreal Canadiens 27 31 10
K.C.-Col.-New Jersey Devils 67 20 16
New York Rangers 61 47 10
Ottawa Senators 4 1 2
Philadelphia Flyers 53 51 18
Pittsburgh Penguins
51 41 15
Que.-Colorado Avalanche 19 18 3
St. Louis Blues  
36 19 14
San Jose Sharks 5 2 0
Tampa Bay Lightning     
5 2 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 39 21 6
Vancouver Canucks 35 22 10
Washington Capitals    
57 36 7
Winnipeg Jets     
21 10 7


AL'S "TOP THREE" GAMES VS. PITTSBURGH
The fact that Al Arbour is not only coming back to coach a game, but to coach against the Pittsburgh Penguins has to bring great memories back for Islander fans everywhere. The Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins met in some of the most memorable games in the franchise's history while Arbour was behind the bench. Here are three games in particular that stand out among the rest:

April 26, 1975 - Quarterfinals Game 7 - 1-0 win: The Islanders put the finishing touches on one of the greatest comebacks anyone has ever seen. After defeating the New York Rangers in the first round of the 1974-75 playoffs, the Islanders were caught flat-footed against the Penguins and lost the first three games of the series. The Orange and Blue fought back in dramatic fashion, winning the next three games – all in regulation – to force a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh. Ed Westfall scored the only goal of the game for a 1-0 win as the Islanders did the improbable. Only three teams in professional sports have ever come from behind after being down 3-0 in a playoff series. Those teams include the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders and 2004 Boston Red Sox.

April 13, 1982 - Patrick Division Semi-Finals Game 5 - 4-3 OT win: After defeating the Penguins by a combined score of 15-3 during the first two games of a five-game series, the Islanders dropped the next two in Pittsburgh, setting up a Game 5 winner take all situation at the Coliseum. After trailing 3-1 with less than six minutes left in the game, Mike Bossy stepped up and fired a rocket that was deflected in by Mike McEwen. As the clock neared two minutes John Tonelli found the puck and was able to put it past the goaltender and just like that the game was knotted a 3-3. More than six minutes had been played in overtime before the Islanders broke free when John Tonelli scored again, this time the game-winning goal to send the Islanders to the next round and complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in NHL history.

May 14, 1993 - Patrick Division Finals Game 7 -4-3 OT win: Al Arbour had one more incredible win left in him in his second to last year as coach. After moving on to the second round of the playoffs, the Islanders found themselves facing the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had won the Presidents' Trophy and were looking for their third Stanley Cup in a row. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, the Islanders had other plans. At 5:16 of the first overtime, David Volek took a feed from Ray Ferraro to cap off the upset.


DID YOU KNOW?
81 NHL players remain in the league since Al Arbour's last game during the 1993-94 season. Al hasn't coached any of the players still playing today, but three Islanders were in the NHL the last time Arbour coached: Bill Guerin, Mike Sillinger and Chris Simon.

THE COACHING STAT BOX

 

1970-71

St. Louis Blues

NHL

Head Coach†

50

21

15

14

0

0.560

 

1971-72

St. Louis Blues

NHL

Head Coach‡

44

19

19

6

0

0.500

Lost in round 2

1972-73

St. Louis Blues

NHL

Head Coach†

13

2

6

5

0

0.346

 

1973-74

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

78

19

41

18

0

0.359

Out of Playoffs

1974-75

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

33

25

22

0

0.550

Lost in round 3

1975-76

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

42

21

17

0

0.631

Lost in round 3

1976-77

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

47

21

12

0

0.662

Lost in round 3

1977-78

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

48

17

15

0

0.694

Lost in round 2

1978-79

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

51

15

14

0

0.725

Lost in round 3

1979-80

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

39

28

13

0

0.569

Won Championship

1980-81

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

48

18

14

0

0.688

Won Championship

1981-82

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

54

16

10

0

0.738

Won Championship

1982-83

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

42

26

12

0

0.600

Won Championship

1983-84

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

50

26

4

0

0.650

Lost in Finals

1984-85

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

40

34

6

0

0.537

Lost in round 2

1985-86

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

39

29

12

0

0.562

Lost in round 1

1988-89

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach‡

53

21

29

3

0

0.425

Out of Playoffs

1989-90

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

31

38

11

0

0.456

Lost in round 1

1990-91

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

25

45

10

0

0.375

Out of Playoffs

1991-92

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

80

34

35

11

0

0.494

Out of Playoffs

1992-93

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

84

40

37

7

0

0.518

Lost in round 3

1993-94

New York Islanders

NHL

Head Coach

84

36

36

12

0

0.500

Lost in round 1

‡ Midseason replacement


LIMITED EDITION ARBOUR #1,500 JERSEYS ON SALE
Only 100 Islanders sweaters signed by Al, available now!


Be a part of history when legendary head coach Al Arbour returns to coach his 1500th NHL game this Saturday, when the Islanders battle Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Whether you attend the game or not, you can keep a piece of the game with you forever with an exclusive Al Arbour limited edition signed replica jersey.

The jersey contains an Al Arbour #1500 commemorative patch on the shoulder that each player will wear during the game. In addition, another limited edition numbered patch at the base of the jersey includes Mr. Arbour's signature.

Only 100 of these jerseys will be sold, so act now before it's too late.

To pre-order the limited edition Al Arbour jersey, please visit the Islanders Team Store at the Broadway Mall or e-mail the Merchandise Department at merchandise@newyorkislanders.com. If jerseys still remain, fans cans purchase them directly at one of the merchandise stands during the Al Arbour #1500 contest on November 3.


For more information about Al Arbour Night, #1500,
click here. And to find out more about the extended coverage, check out this article.
 
Please note that tomorrow's Family Fan Fest will be inside in the Expo Center, which can be found by making a U-turn to your right when you come down the escalators located at the East entrance.



To see video of Al Arbour, search "ARBOUR" in Islanders TV video console.







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